Google challenges Android antitrust ruling in India’s Supreme Court

NEW DELHI: Google has filed a legal challenge to India’s Supreme Court to block a ruling by the country’s antitrust watchdog that forces a US company to change how it sells its Android platform, court records say showed on Saturday.

The Competition Commission of India (CCI) fined Alphabet Inc $161 million in October. Having exploited its dominant position in the Android market, Android powers 97% of smartphones in India, making it a key growth area for the US giant.

The challenge came after Google backed off Wednesday when an appeals court denied the company’s request to block an antitrust ruling. The company argued that implementing the CCI’s directive would undermine its long-standing business model and consumer interests.

Google challenged the court’s ruling on Saturday, according to Supreme Court records. A hearing date has not yet been set.

Reuters first reported on Thursday about Google’s planned strategy.

Multiple sources told Reuters earlier this week that Google filed a legal challenge as a last resort to block the CCI’s decision to force the company to change its business model on Jan. 19. is being considered.

Google’s Supreme Court filing seeks to suspend the CCI’s decision until its appeal is heard, a person familiar with the matter said Saturday.

Google is concerned about India’s decision, and the remedies ordered are seen as broader than the European Commission’s landmark 2018 decision to impose illegal restrictions on Android mobile device makers. increase. Google has challenged a record $4.3 billion fine in the case.

A Google spokesperson did not immediately respond.

In October, the CCI ruled that Google’s licensing of the Play Store “should not be associated with any pre-installation requirements” for Google Search Services, the Chrome browser, YouTube, or any other Google application.

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