The CCI is reportedly looking into Google's alleged abuse of Android's dominance in the market to stifle competition. 'The CCI has (preliminarily) found Google abused its dominant position.' The EU hit Google with a €4.34 billion ($5 billion) fine in the Android case.
According to Reuters, in February past year CCI started looking into the complaint, which is similar to one Google faced in Europe that resulted in a 4.34 billion euro ($5 billion) fine on the company. The CCI started looking into the matter past year after receiving multiple complaints and started its investigation in mid-April, according to those knowledgeable about the case. "We look forward to working with the Competition Commission of India to demonstrate how Android has led to more competition and innovation, not less", a Google spokesperson said in a statement. This time around Google is not being investigated by Brussels, but by India.
Google has appealed the order but, in a bid to quell European Union antitrust concerns, last month said its Android device users in Europe would be able to choose rival browsers and search engines.
The probe is expected to take over a year and Google executives would be summoned to answer the CCI's questions in the next few months. Even though Google appealed the fine, last month it unveiled two new screens for Android users in Europe that suggest third-party browsers and search engines that users can install on their Android devices.
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Last year, the CCI fined Google 1.36 billion rupees ($19.5 million) for search bias and abusing its market position.
A majority of smartphones in India are powered by the Android platform.
Google has responded to news of the CCI investigation by noting how Android has made low-priced access to the internet possible for millions of Indians and the company wants to meet with the regulatory agency "to demonstrate how Android has led to more competition and innovation, not less". "Voluntary change in conduct may have an impact on the quantum of penalty, if it's imposed", said Shahi.
Google LLC is said to be facing fresh regulatory scrutiny over the way it licenses Android to handset makers.