Alphabet’s Google told the Second Supreme Court of Europe on Wednesday that mobile phone manufacturers to preinstall only Google on their is not to prevent competition, but is necessary for to seize market share from .

Google spoke to the ordinary courts on the third day of the week-long hearing as it tried to get the judge to dismiss a record 4.3 billion euros (approximately Rs 37,185 crore) EU antitrust fines and the Commission’s order to relax searches for Android The grip on the engine.

The EU competition watchdog disputes two with mobile phone manufacturers. One is the cost of only pre-installing Google search on their devices, called a revenue sharing arrangement (RSA), because these deals shut out competitors outside.

Google lawyer Assimakis Komninos told the court that this is not the . The payment is only to encourage mobile phone manufacturers that have already made money from other applications to provide a place for Android.

“Google must provide a source of offsetting revenue. Incentivize them to open up and adopt the Android platform. At the same time, RSA also helps them keep down and compete more successfully with Apple,” he said.

“And obviously, Google got a promotional opportunity, the only pre-installation, which allowed it to invest in a free operating system (operating system), a free application store, and so on.”

Most importantly, RSA only covers 5% of the market, Komninos said.

Committee lawyer Nicholas Khan rejected this statement.

“What they worry about is that competitors gain traction,” he said, and RDA is “the pinnacle of Google’s interlocking practice.”

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A judgment may be made next year. The case is T-604/18 Google vs European Commission.

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