BRUSSELS—Google’s plan to buy health-tracker
is inching toward approval in Europe after the U.S. tech company made new concessions to competitors using its Android system for mobile devices.
European Union officials in August launched an in-depth probe into the
unit’s acquisition plans, saying that Google’s initial pledge to refrain from using Fitbit data for advertising purposes was insufficient. The $2.1 billion deal is also under review by the U.S. Justice Department and by Australia’s competition authority.
The review of the Fitbit deal comes as Google and other U.S.-based tech companies face intense scrutiny in both the EU and the U.S. for allegedly anticompetitive practices. Some tech critics also say tech companies have used acquisitions to eliminate