Google has hampered competition and hindered the development of Android competitors in India, the country’s antitrust regulator decided in a report by Reuters. In 2019, the Competition Commission of India opened an investigation into whether Google is abusing the dominance of Android in the market where devices powered by the operating system are common. In its report on the findings of the investigation, the regulator wrote that Google had adjusted its “big financial muscle” to reduce the manufacturers’ ability to develop and sell devices with Android forks.
In addition, the commission said that Google, which requires manufacturers to pre-install Android apps, is an unfair condition in exchange for access to its mobile operating system. It violates India’s competition laws, the report said. The regulator also found that the Play Store policy was ‘one-sided, ambiguous, vague, biased and arbitrary’. In a statement issued to Reuters, Google said it looks forward to working with the CCI to “demonstrate how Android has led to more competition and innovation, not less.”
The technology giant reportedly responded 24 times to the investigation to defend itself, and other technology companies, including Microsoft, Amazon, Apple, Samsung and Xiaomi, also responded to questions from the commission. Although CCI has still decided that Google is illegally stifling competition in the country, the company will still get a chance to defend itself before the CCI makes its final decision, as well as penalties, if any.
Just a few days ago, South Korean regulators also decided that Google would use its dominant position in the market to hinder the development of Android competitors. They beat the technology giant with a $ 177 million fine. They also banned the company from requiring manufacturing partners to sign anti-fragmentation agreements, which prohibit the creation and installation of alternative versions of the Android operating system.
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