Per the report, the fine relates to Google’s requirement that OEMs sign an “anti-fragmentation agreement,” or AFA, before gaining access to Android. This agreement prohibits them from installing modified versions of Android on their devices. The Korea Fair Trade Commission (KFTC) reportedly understands that this practice entrenched Google’s dominance in OS and app store spaces and hampered competition. Alongside the fine, the KFTC has reportedly ordered Google to ban its AFA requirements.
Google’s fines this year
It’s not the first time this year Google has found itself in hot water. In July, the company was slapped with a $590 million fine in France for its dealings with news publishers. Two months earlier, Italy fined Google $123 million for abusing its Android Auto dominance. In the US, Google is still facing an antitrust case against 36 states filed in July, challenging the company’s app store dominance on Android. The EU Commission is also investigating Google’s handling of alternative voice assistants on Android.