After EU Google Accused of Abusing Android in India
India Antitrust Probes Accusations that Google Abuse Android in country
Reuters reported that Google is being investigated by the Competition Commission of India (CCI) for the past six months. Regarding this matter, it is reported that Google officials had a metting with Indian Antitrust Commission at least once to discuss the complaint.
Last year, Google faced a similar case, wherein the European Commission accused the company of forcefully pre-installing its apps like Google search, PlayStore into smartphones of various companies, for which Google was fined Euros 4.3 billion (around $5 billion).
It is clear that India is one of the largest market of smartphones and about 98 per cent of the Android platform device were sold in 2018. Now on this situation, if the case appears to have some weight to it, there will difficulties for Google. However, back in 2018, the Indian watchdog fined Google of $19 million for search bias made the company.
In October, Google said it would charge smartphone makers a fee for using its popular Google Play app store and also allow them to use rival versions of Android to comply with the EU order, but the changes covered only the European Economic Area.