The European Commission has given Google an extra six weeks to respond to formal charges filed in April relating to the bundling of its own services on the Android platform.
The EC accuses Google of restricting Android smartphone and tablet makers adding competing apps to the operating system, and paying phone makers and telecoms operators to install only the firm's search app on phones.
"We believe that Google’s behaviour denies consumers a wider choice of mobile apps and services, and stands in the way of innovation by other players," EU competition commissioner Margrethe Vestager said in a statement at the time.
The EU watchdog had originally given Google until 27 July to respond to the charges, but has now extended this by six weeks following a request from the search firm.
"The Commission has agreed to extend Google’s deadline to respond to its Statement of Objections concerning Android and its applications until 7 September," an EC spokesperson told The Guardian. "Google asked for additional time to review the documents in the case file."
Google has yet to comment on this latest development, but has long denied any wrongdoing.
"We take these concerns seriously, but we also believe that our business model keeps manufacturers’ costs low and their flexibility high, while giving consumers unprecedented control of their mobile devices," said Kent Walker, senior vice president and general counsel at Google, in April.
The company faces a fine of up to $7.4bn (£5.6bn), or 10 per cent of its global turnover, for each antitrust case.
If Google is found guilty of stifling competition in the Android market, the EU has the power to impose a fine of 10 per cent of global revenue, potentially around $14bn.
This isn't Google's only run-in with the EC. The firm also faces charges related to Google Shopping and the firm's advertising service.
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