Google appeals $5 billion EU fine in Android antitrust case

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<pGoogle is appealing a record $5 billion antitrust fine by European Union authorities, who say the tech giant abused the dominance of its Android operating system to stifle competitors.

<pA company spokesman, Al Verney, confirmed Wednesday that the company has filed its legal challenge with the General Court of the EU , the bloc's second highest court.

<pThe EU's executive Commission issued the fine in July after it found Google<pUnder the ruling, Google must take measures to fix the problem by the end of October or risk further fines.

<p"The Commission will defend its decision in Court," the EU body said in an emailed statement.

<pGoogle, which had said it would appeal, has argued that its free, open-source operating system has led to lower-price phones and stoked competition with its chief rival, Apple. The company filed its appeal Tuesday just as it was unveiling its latest generation of Pixel smartphones, which undercut iPhones on price.

<pAndroid is the most widely used mobile operating system, beating even Apple's iOS. The fine, which follows a three-year investigation, is the biggest ever imposed by the EU on a company for anticompetitive behavior.