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Google fined $ 177 million in South Korea for thwarting potential Android rivals

SEOUL — South Korea fined Alphabet Inc.’s Google around $ 177 million for blocking other companies from developing competing versions of the Android operating system, the latest challenge to the dominance of the US technology giant in mobile software.

Google has abused its market position by thwarting efforts that could have spawned competing mobile operating systems and delayed the release of new products and services, the Korea Fair Trade Commission said on Tuesday.