The search company was initially given three months to respond to the charges, and that was then extended to 7 September.
In the chargesheet, issued on 20 April, the European Commission said Google had breached EU anti-trust rules by:
- requiring manufacturers to pre-install Google Search and Google's Chrome browser and requiring them to set Google Search as default search service on their devices, as a condition to license certain Google proprietary apps;
- preventing manufacturers from selling smart mobile devices running on competing operating systems based on the Android open source code; and
- giving financial incentives to manufacturers and mobile network operators on condition that they exclusively pre-install Google Search on their devices.
Google also faces EU charges that it has abused its search monopoly for which it may be fined up to €6.6 billion, a tenth of its annual sales.