Google changes India app store policy after CCI order

Google announced on Thursday that it will comply with the Competition Commission of India’s (CCI) recent directive on Android, saying that Android users in India will be able to use third-party billing options starting next month.

Indian users will now have the option to choose their default search engine via a selection screen that appears as soon as users set up a new Android smartphone or tablet in the country, the company said in a statement. .

“Due to the recent CCI mandates for Android and Play, we have had to make significant changes for India and have informed how we comply with the CCI mandates,” Google said.

Original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) can now license individual Google apps to pre-install on devices.

Google says it is “updating Android’s compatibility requirements to introduce changes for partners building incompatible or forked variants.”

User Choice Billing will be available for all apps and games starting next month.

User Choice Billing allows developers to give users the option to select a billing system other than Google Play’s billing system when purchasing in-app digital content.

The change supports the NCLAT order and gives Google interim relief, as the Supreme Court bench said the findings by the CCI could not be said to be “non-jurisdictional or clearly erroneous.” because he refused.

Bench instructed NCLAT to quash Google’s appeal by March 31, giving Google seven days to deposit 10% of the Rs 1,337.76 crore fine imposed by CCI.

Google alleged that CCI copied and pasted parts of the European court order without examining relevant evidence in India.

CCI also fined Google Rs.

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