The growth of Google’s Android ecosystem is on the brink of stalling in India due to an antitrust order that asks the company to change how it markets the platform, the U.S. company has said in a Supreme Court challenge seen by Reuters. The Competition Commission of India (CCI) in October fined Alphabet Inc-owned Google GOOGL.O $161 million for exploiting its dominant position in Android, which powers 97% of smartphones in India, and asked it to change restrictions imposed on smartphone makers related to pre-installing apps.
Users is at the verge of coming to a halt because of the remedial directions,” stated Google’s filing, which is not public. “Google needs to make major changes to its 14-15 year old Android mobile platform”. A Google spokesperson declined to comment. Google was concerned about India’s decision. The remedies ordered are seen as broader than the European Commission’s landmark 2018 decision to impose illegal restrictions on Android mobile device makers. Google has appealed his record $4.3 billion fine in the case. Google licenses its Android system to smartphone makers.
Google has so far said the CCI decision will force it to change its long-standing business model, but its Indian Supreme Court filing for the first time quantifies the impact and details the changes the company will need to make. Google will need to modify its existing contracts, introduce new license agreements and alter its existing arrangements with more than 1,100 device manufacturers and thousands of app developers, it says. “Tremendous advancement in growth of an ecosystem of device manufacturers, app developers.
But critics say it imposes restrictions such as forced pre-installation of its own apps. This is anti-competitive, and the company claims such deals help keep his Android free. In October, the CCI ordered Google not to ban Android phone users in India from uninstalling apps. Currently, if apps such as Google Maps or YouTube are pre-installed, they cannot be uninstalled from an Android phone. CCI also said that Google’s Play Store license “should not require pre-installation” of Google search services, Chrome browser, YouTube, or any of his other Google applications.
“No other jurisdiction has called for such sweeping changes based on similar conduct,” Google said in a court filing. In a court filing dated January 14, 2017, the Company petitioned the Supreme Court to stay the relief ordered by CCI, effective January 19. The case will be heard in the near future. Google also claims that CCI’s investigative arm copied parts of his 2018 European ruling against US companies, Reuters reports. The IHK and the European Commission have not responded to these allegations.
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