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Italy opens antitrust probe into Google due to a rejected Android Auto app

Italy’s antitrust authority has change into the most recent worldwide regulatory physique to open an anti-competition investigation into Google, becoming a member of the European Union and the Competitors Fee of India.

The regulator opened the probe on Thursday after vitality firm Enel Group complained that Google wouldn’t enable the “Enel X Recharge” app to work with Android Auto. Enel Group was created by the Italian authorities in 1962, and it was privatized in 1999, although its largest shareholder is at present Italy’s Ministry of Economic system and Finance.

Google permits third-party builders to develop Android Auto-compatible variations of their apps, however provided that they provide media or messaging providers. Enel X Recharge is usually devoted to serving to drivers discover charging stations for electrical vehicles.

“Android Auto is designed with safety in mind, to minimize distractions and to ensure apps can be used safely when driving,” a spokesperson for Google mentioned in an announcement. “We are reviewing the complaint and look forward to working with the authority to resolve their concerns.”

India opened its investigation into Google earlier this month, although it’s nonetheless unclear what triggered the probe. The European Union has hit Google with three fines totaling €8.2 billion ($9.three billion) within the final three years over what it says have been anti-competitive practices. The newest €1.5 billion high-quality was levied in March.

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