South Korea’s antitrust regulator gave some more detail about its inquiry into Google’s agreements with handset manufacturers over the installation of Android on their devices, said Reuters.
Back in August, the Korea Fair Trade Commission issued a brief statement confirming a probe, after local reports said Google was set to be cleared of charges.
Now, chairman Jeong Jae-chan said the antitrust watchdog will re-examine anti-competition issues associated with Google’s agreements with vendors, without being more specific.
This is not the first time that Google has fallen foul of antitrust regulators. In August, Russia’s Federal Antimonopoly Service fined Google for violating the country’s laws by requiring device makers to preinstall Google apps in order to get access to the Play content catalogue, as well as setting Google as the default search. The fine was RUB438 million ($6.8 million).
In addition, the US firm potentially faces a far more substantive fine in the EU where antitrust authorities are reportedly mulling a hefty punishment following a probe into its Android activities.