Internet search engine Google is set to challenge in the Supreme Court the Competition Commission of India’s (CCI) decision finding it guilty of anti-competitive practices in the Android market. With this decision, Google will have to change its marketing regarding Android.
CCI has Google In October last year, the American company Alphabet Inc was fined about $ 161 million for abusing its dominant position in the Android market. About 97% of smartphones in India run on Android and this is a huge market for Google. A petition can be filed in the Supreme Court on behalf of Google against this decision. A Google spokesperson did not respond to a query sent about this. The National Company Law Appellate Tribunal (NCLAT) has directed Google to pay 10 percent of this penalty. A two-member bench of NCLAT on Wednesday refused to stay the penalty imposed by the CCI. The bench said that it would pass an order after hearing the arguments of other parties.
NCLAT has issued notice to CCI in this matter. There will be a hearing on February 13 on the interim ban on the penalty. Google had filed a petition in the NCLAT challenging the CCI order which held the company for misusing its dominant position in the Android mobile device ecosystem. Guilty Was told. Google said that this decision is a blow to Indian users and this will make such devices expensive in the country.
Google challenged this order in NCLAT. Google in its petition had sought an interim stay on the penalty. The CCI had ordered a detailed probe into the matter after receiving complaints from several people using Android-based smartphones in the country. Android is an open source mobile operating system. It is installed by Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) of smartphones and tablets. The CCI’s ruling against the company stated that mandating pre-installation of the entire Google Mobile Suite and no option to uninstall it was an unfair condition to device manufacturers and violated competition law.
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