Google’s Response to India’s Competition Commission 1337 Cr Penalty

The CCI claimed that by requiring the pre-installation of Google’s proprietary apps, Google had reduced the capacity and incentive of device manufacturers to produce and sell devices operating on alternative versions of Android.

On Friday, the internet search giant Google said that the Rs 1,337.76 crore fine levied by the Competition Commission of India was a “huge setback for Indian consumers and businesses.” According to Reuters, the IT giant would examine the judgement and consider possible next steps.

The anti-trust authority issued a 1,337.76 crore punishment to Google on Thursday for ‘abusing its dominant position’ across various businesses within the Android ecosystem.

The Competition Commission of India found that Google had “perpetuated” its dominating position in the online search industry, blocking entry to the market for other search apps in violation of Section 4(2)(e) of the Competition Act, 2002.

The antitrust watchdog also claimed that Google used its dominating position in the Android app store market to protect its position in the general search and non-OS specific web browser market via the Google Chrome app, which would violate the clause above of the Act.

The CCI also claimed that Google’s insistence on having its proprietary apps pre-installed on all Android smartphones hampered manufacturers’ ability and incentive to create and sell devices running on alternative versions of Android.

After receiving complaints from Android smartphone users, the Competition Commission of India launched an in-depth investigation into the case in April 2019.

Google has recently been in the news due to legal issues in other nations, not just the United States. In September, the US Department of Justice claimed in front of a federal judge that Google illegally maintains its position as the top search engine by paying billions of dollars annually to Apple and Samsung.

By 2020, the US Department of Justice had filed a lawsuit against Google for anti-trust violations, claiming that the company had used its monopoly on web search and advertising to suppress rivals unfairly. The lawsuit targeting Big Tech was launched in Trump’s waning days in office.

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