Google announces sweeping Android changes in India

Around 97% of smartphones in India are estimated to run on Android

After losing a major antitrust lawsuit in India, Google has announced a series of changes to its Android system in India.

This includes allowing users to choose their default search engine on Android.

The move comes after India’s Supreme Court upheld a ruling by the country’s antitrust watchdog that the company abused its market position.

The Competition Commission of India (CCI) has fined the company $161 million for engaging in “unfair” business practices.

It is estimated that around 97% of smartphones in India run on Android.

An antitrust lawsuit against the tech giant began in October when CCI asked Google to make some changes to the Android ecosystem.

Watchdog said Google is “abusing” the Android operating system’s license for various smartphone, web search, browsing and video hosting services.

The company accused Google of making “one-sided deals” with smartphone makers to ensure app dominance.

CCI said this is anti-competitive and gives Google continuous access to consumer data and profitable advertising opportunities.

ordered the company to stop such practices.

Google challenged the CCI’s direction before the Supreme Court, stating that “no other jurisdiction has sought such broad change.” The CCI-directed changes would force the company to change its arrangements with more than 1,100 device makers and thousands of app developers, it said.

The court, however, refused to block CCI’s order, saying the lower court where Google initially challenged the order said it could proceed with the appeal but should issue a ruling by the end of March. rice field.

Last week, the tech giant said it would work with Watchdog.

On Wednesday, the company announced that Indian device makers will license individual apps for pre-installation, allowing users to choose their default search engine.

Implementing these changes will be a “complex process,” the company said in a blog post, adding, “It will take a lot of work on our part and, in many cases, a lot of work from partners, original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), and developers. It will require a great deal of effort by

Google is facing a series of antitrust lawsuits in India, and authorities are also investigating its conduct in the smart TV market.

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