The Latest: Industry, Experts Divided Over EU Fine On Google

BRUSSELS — The Latest on the EU's fine against Google (all times local):

4:15 p.m.

Analysts and tech companies are divided over the merits of the European Union's fine against Google for abusing the market dominance of its Android mobile operating system.

The EU said Wednesday that Google broke the rules when it required mobile phone producers to pre-install the Google Search and browser apps if they wanted to use Google's app store. It fined the company and asked it to change its ways.

Rich Stables, the CEO of rival search engine Kelkoo, says he welcomes the move and "what is important is that Google has to change its abusive behavior." Consumer associations also appeared largely in favor.

But some industry lobbies and analysts note that it can hinder innovation, as Google makes money off the apps and ads while giving Android away for free. Daniel Castro, vice president of the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, a think tank in Washington, says the ruling "is a blow to innovative, open-source business models."

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