Latest in Gear

Image credit: SOPA Images via Getty Images

India reportedly opens Android antitrust investigation

The case is said to be similar to one that saw the EU fine Google $5 billion.
130 Shares
Share
Tweet
Share
Save

Sponsored Links

SOPA Images via Getty Images

India is said to be investigating Google over Android antitrust concerns. The details of the probe are fairly thin for now, because the Competition Commission of India hasn't yet publicized the order. However, it could spell trouble for Google in an important Android market.

The CCI is reportedly looking into Google's alleged abuse of Android's dominance in the market to stifle competition. The agency started examining the issue last year. According to Reuters, it opened a formal, full probe last month.

The case is apparently similar to an EU investigation that led to a $5 billion fine against Google last year. Regulators there claimed Google prevented "rival search engines the possibility to compete." They said it forced manufacturers to install Chrome, Google Search and the Play Store, which gave it an unfair advantage.

Google has appealed the fine, though it said last month it'd ask Android users in Europe which browser and search engine they'd like to use. The EU also recently fined Google $1.7 billion over "abusive" advertising practices related to AdSense -- the CCI investigated Google over AdSense several years ago too.

Last year, the CCI fined Google 1.36 billion rupees ($19.5 million) for search bias and abusing its market position. Google appealed that as well.

The latest investigation would take around a year to complete. Google told Reuters Android has helped make smartphones more affordable for Indians, and that it was ready to work with the CCI to show that the OS "has led to more competition and innovation, not less."

All products recommended by Engadget are selected by our editorial team, independent of our parent company. Some of our stories include affiliate links. If you buy something through one of these links, we may earn an affiliate commission.
Comment
Comments
Share
130 Shares
Share
Tweet
Share
Save

Popular on Engadget

Engadget's Guide to Privacy

Engadget's Guide to Privacy

View
Australia will help NASA go to the Moon and Mars

Australia will help NASA go to the Moon and Mars

View
Apple gets US approval for Mac Pro tariff exemptions

Apple gets US approval for Mac Pro tariff exemptions

View
TiVo says all retail DVR owners will see ads before recorded shows

TiVo says all retail DVR owners will see ads before recorded shows

View
Batman comes to 'Fortnite' along with Catwoman and Gotham City

Batman comes to 'Fortnite' along with Catwoman and Gotham City

View

From around the web

Page 1Page 1ear iconeye iconFill 23text filevr