Google Has Until October 31 to Reply to EU’s Android Antitrust Charges

Google Has Until October 31 to Reply to EU's Android Antitrust Charges

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Google was accused of its Search and Android dominance
  • The initial date to respond to the charges was July 27
  • Google may lose around $7.4 billion as fine against charges

Alphabet’s Google has been given until the end of October, the fourth extension, to rebut EU antitrust charges that it uses its dominant Android mobile operating system to block competitors, the European Commission said on Monday.

The Commission in April said the US technology giant’s demand that mobile phone makers pre-install Google Search and the Google Chrome browser on their smartphones to access other Google apps harms consumers and competition.

The EU watchdog had initially set a July 27 deadline for Google to respond to the charges. This had been extended three times at the company’s request, with the previous deadline Sept. 20.

The new deadlines are October 31 for the Android case and October 26 and October 13 for cases relating to online search advertising and shopping.

In the shopping case, Google has been accused of favouring its shopping service over those of rivals in internet search results while the AdSense case centres on the company’s measures which block competitors in online search advertising.

“In each of these cases, Google asked for additional time to review the documents in the case file. In line with normal practice, the Commission analysed the reasons for the request and granted an extension allowing Google to fully exercise its rights of defence,” Commission spokesman Ricardo Cardoso said in an email.

The EU antitrust enforcer intends to hit the company with deterrent fines in the Android and shopping cases, according to charge sheets seen by Reuters.

Google can be fined up to $7.4 billion (roughly Rs. 49,684 crores), or 10 percent of its global turnover, for each case if found guilty of breaching EU rules.

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Inbox by Gmail for Web Gets ‘Smart Reply’ Feature

Inbox by Gmail for Web Gets 'Smart Reply' Feature

Google back in November rolled out the ‘Smart Reply’ feature to its Inbox by Gmail application. The feature, after four months has finally made its way in to the Web version. Just like the app, the Inbox by Gmail for Web users will now be suggested three email responses.

“10 percent of all your replies on mobile already use Smart Reply, so we’re excited to bring this same convenience to the Web. It’s particularly helpful when you’re jamming through lots of emails on your laptop,” said Taylor Kourim, Software Engineer, on the Google blog post.

When an email arrives to the Inbox by Gmail for Web, all you would have to do is to open the email and click on one of the three responses seen at the bottom. These responses are dynamic and are based on the nature of the incoming emails. As soon as one of the responses are clicked, it immediately shows up on the reply email body with the ‘Send’ option.

inbox_by_gmail_web_update_smart_reply_blog.jpgAt the time of launching the feature for Inbox by Gmail mobile app, Google said, “There’s actually a lot going on behind the scenes to make Smart Reply work. Inbox uses machine learning to recognize emails that need responses and to generate the natural language responses on the fly […] And much like how Inbox gets better when you report spam, the responses you choose (or don’t choose!) help improve future suggestions.”

Last month Inbox by Gmail got two new snooze features – Later This Weekend and This Weekend, to make it simpler for users to snooze their email alerts and get back to it later.

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