India to investigate Google's potential market dominance abuse

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It's possible that Google could enact similar policies in India, depending on the results of the investigation.

Citing anonymous sources, Reuters said it had reported in February that the CCI had begun its probe past year.

Two separate sources are claiming that India's competition watchdog, the Competition Commission of India (CCI) decided there was merit in the accusations, last month. The antitrust watchdog in the country started looking into the complaint previous year and it is similar to the one faced by Google in Europe, where it was fined a record €4.34 billion (or $5 billion) in February.

The EU case centered around Google requiring manufacturers that used the Android operating system to install Google Search and its Chrome browser for access to the Play Store, thereby giving Google an unfair advantage. It's possible that despite the previous European Union ruling, the CCI can clear Google on these charges. However, it has the power to impose a penalty of up to 10% from the last three financial years from the revenue of the products in question.

New Delhi-based anti-trust lawyer Gautam Shahi told Reuters that Google's earnings from its Chrome browser and search engine could be taken into account when calculating the fine.

Google continually faces a lot of legal issues in various territories but it wasn't until the case in Europe that they received a hefty fine for antitrust violations. Google has since appealed that order, citing it would damage its reputation.

"Android has enabled millions of Indians to connect to the internet by making mobile devices more affordable", a Google spokesperson told TechCruch. According to a leading market research firm, a staggering 99% of the smartphones in India run on Google's Android operating system and hence, it is not in any doubt that the company does, in fact, enjoy a hugely dominant position in the market.

"We look forward to working with the Competition Commission of India to demonstrate how Android has led to more competition and innovation, not less".



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