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Google CEO: The right outcomes will emerge on European antitrust


Google CEO Sundar Pichai said he believes that European anti-competitive charges relating to the company's Android smartphone operating system will be resolved.

"I feel like the right outcomes will emerge," said Pichai on stage at the Code Conference on Wednesday in answer to an audience question from a concerned investor. 

Alphabet's Google is facing an monopoly lawsuit brought by the European officials, related to the company's dominant position in search.

"We are very popular, users use us a lot," said Pichai.

 Google has a team dedicated to this very issue, but it is not something that consumes the company, said Pichai.

"We don't want the whole management team at the company to think about it," he said.

The Commission has said it believes Google had broken the law in a number of ways and held a .

They include requiring manufacturers to pre-install Google's Chrome browser and Google Search and set it as the default search service, preventing manufacturers from selling smartphones running on competing operating systems and offering incentives to manufacturers and network service providers if they agree to exclusively pre-install Google Search on their devices.

 "We are engaging thoughtfully with them," said Pichai. "We view it as a thoughtful process. It plays out significantly in the press, we are responding thoughtfully to it."

European Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager told the media at that press conference in April that Google's practices could have a potential impact on a large number of companies, stifle competition and restrict innovation. Vestager has defended accusations that she was attacking U.S. companies to defend European competitors.

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