By European Commission rules, a statement of objections is a formal step in its antitrust investigations in which the commission informs the parties concerned in writing of the objections raised against them. The commission said it takes a final decision "only after the parties have exercised their rights of defence."
If found guilty, Google may have to pay up to 10 percent of its annual worldwide revenue in fines, which could go to as high as US$7.5 billion on its last year revenue of close to $75 billion.
"Android has helped foster a remarkable - and, importantly, sustainable - ecosystem, based on open-source software and open innovation," said Kent Walker, Google's general counsel, in a statement. He added that Google looked forward to working with the commission to demonstrate that Android benefited both consumers and competition.
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