A Preliminary Assessment of the European Commission’s Google Android Decision

Competition Policy International Antitrust Chronicle, December 2018

8 Pages Posted: 17 Jan 2019

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Pinar Akman

School of Law, University of Leeds

Date Written: December 17, 2018

Abstract

This article offers a preliminary overview of some of the pertinent aspects of the European Commission’s Google Android decision. It discusses the definition of the relevant market and competitive constraints in the case, including the potential constraint from Apple. It also offers thoughts on the theory of harm in the case and suggests that Google Android may be better perceived as a case concerning refusal to deal than tying. Finally, the article discusses some of the implications of the decision and notes the growing importance of objective, commercial justifications in the context of technology markets where services are monetised in very different ways by different providers.

Keywords: Android, European Commission, Google, Abuse of a Dominant Position

JEL Classification: K21, L12, K42

Suggested Citation

Akman, Pinar, A Preliminary Assessment of the European Commission’s Google Android Decision (December 17, 2018). Competition Policy International Antitrust Chronicle, December 2018, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3310223

Pinar Akman (Contact Author)

School of Law, University of Leeds ( email )

Leeds, LS2 9JT
United Kingdom

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