India orders Google probe for alleged Android abuse

India orders Google probe for alleged Android abuse

Google said it would work with Competition Commission of India (CCI) in an investigation against Android operating system's alleged misuse of market share.

If the company is found guilty by the CCI, the commission holds the authority to impose a fine of up to 10% of the annual turnover of the company in the last three financial years. "Google looked forward to working with the CCI to demonstrate how Android has led to more competition and innovation, not less", a Google spokesperson was quoted as saying in Reuters.

"It is a strong case for the CCI, given the European Union precedent", one of the two sources said per Reuters. This time around Google is not being investigated by Brussels, but by India.

Google has responded to news of the CCI investigation by noting how Android has made low-priced access to the internet possible for millions of Indians and the company wants to meet with the regulatory agency "to demonstrate how Android has led to more competition and innovation, not less". They said it forced manufacturers to install Chrome, Google Search and the Play Store, which gave it an unfair advantage.

Google has appealed the EC order even as it said its Android device users in Europe would be able to choose rival browsers and search engines.

The investigation is expected to take a year and could reportedly see regulators summon executives for interviews. "The CCI has (preliminarily) found Google abused its dominant position." the report added.

A majority of smartphones in India are powered by the Android platform.

Two years before that ruling, In July 2016, an Indian court had issued a notice to Google, its CEO Sundar Pichai and the company's India head for listing Prime Minister Narendra Modi among the world's top ten criminals in image search results. Once a user downloads a rival search app, it also prompts them to change their default search engine in their Google Chrome browser, if they so wish, Google said.

The Competition Commission of India has ordered a probe into Google for alleged abuse of its popular Android OS to block rivals.

The competition watchdog said the penalty was being imposed on Google for "infringing anti-trust conduct".



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