India joins European Union in investigating Google over Android antitrust concerns

Ceria Alfonso
May 16, 2019

The Competition Commission of India (CCI) has found that Google abused the dominant position of its Android operating system (OS) in the country and has ordered a full investigation.

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

The Competition Commission of India past year started looking into the complaint, which is similar to one Google faced in Europe that resulted in a $5B fine on the company.

Reuters reports that the Competition Commission of India decided that there is merit in the accusations made against Google in mid-April and has now ordered its investigation unit to launch a full probe and the order calling the full investigation has not been made public yet.

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As part of this probe, Google executives would likely be summoned to appear before the CCI in the coming months.

We're still waiting for more details on the complaint, including who filed it, but we do know that it's along the same lines as the one that was filed in Europe. It comes on the heels of the EU's similar investigation that led to a $5 billion fine for the internet giant, which asserted that Google was using the dominance of Android and the Play Store to unfairly push Google search on competitors.

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 appealed the decision but has also agreed to allow Android users in Europe the ability to choose a different browser or search engine. 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. After the European Union case, Google says users in Europe will be able to choose rival browsers and search engines, which doesn't really address the pre-installation issues.

99% of smartphones in India that were sold this year are actually on the Android platform, making it a force to reckon with.

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