CCI fined Google for taking advantage of dominant position
Ban on smartphone manufacturers has also been asked to be lifted.
Tech giant Google has challenged that order in the Supreme Court
New Delhi. Growth of Google’s Android ecosystem in India is on the verge of stalling due to an antitrust order. In this order, the company has been asked to change the way it markets the platform. The organization has challenged this in the Supreme Court. This information is known from the news agency Reuters.
The Competition Commission of India (CCI) in October fined Alphabet Inc-owned Google $161 million for taking advantage of its dominant position in Android. It powers 97% of smartphones in India. Also, the CCI asked Google to change the restrictions imposed on smartphone manufacturers regarding pre-installed apps.
What did Google say?
Google has so far said that the CCI’s decision will force it to change its long-standing business model. But, in its petition to the Supreme Court, the company has for the first time detailed information about the impact as well as the changes it needs to make.
Google will have to revise existing contracts, introduce new license agreements and make changes to its existing arrangements with more than 1,100 device makers and thousands of app developers.
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Google said in its filing that due to the remedial directives, the tremendous growth in the growth of device makers, app developers and users is on the way to a halt. Google will have to make far-reaching changes to the Android mobile platform that has been running for the past 14-15 years.
Critics say Google mandates preemption of its apps. Which is not good according to the competition. However, the company said that Android is free due to such agreements.
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First Published: January 11, 2023, 12:41 PM