Ready to work with India’s anti-trust watchdog: Google

Ready to work with India’s anti-trust watchdog: Google

India's antitrust watchdog, the Competition Commission of India (CCI) has reportedly ordered an investigation into Google for the company's alleged abuse of its dominance in the Android mobile operating system to suppress its rivals. The investigation centres around the Alphabet-owned company's alleged abuse of the dominant position of its Android mobile operating system to block rivals.

According to sources familiar with the matter, the Competition Commission of India (CCI) started looking into the matter sometime previous year.

CCI is digging into these charges against Google since February this year and according to a Reuters report, the commission made a decision to begin a formal investigation in April. "We look forward to working with CCI to demonstrate how Android has led to more competition and innovation, not less".

According to a source closely related to the matter, "It is a strong case for the CCI, given the European Union precedent".

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The CCI verdict in February came in response to complaints filed by Matrimony.com and Consumer Unity and Trust Society (CUTS), a consumer organisation, in 2012.

The CCI investigation is expected to be completed in about a year and Google executives would likely be summoned to appear before the CCI in coming months, the reports said. Google said it'd fight the ruling, but at the same time chose to modify Android in Europe to give users more choice when it comes to internet browsing apps and default search engines. 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. The amount of fine that can be imposed on Google if the CCI rules against it was not immediately clear.

Last year, the CCI fined Google 1.36 billion rupees ($19.5 million) for search bias and abusing its market position. Indian regulators could impose fines of up to 10% of the relevant turnover of Google's last three financial years.

Google LLC is said to be facing fresh regulatory scrutiny over the way it licenses Android to handset makers.

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