Google to comply with CCI’s directives on Android phones in India

Google, whose appeals to the National Court of Appeals for the Companies Act (NCLAT) and the Supreme Court were not stayed, has announced that it will follow specific directives from the Competition Commission of India (CCI) regarding Android smartphone and Play Store guidelines.

“We take seriously our commitment to comply with local laws and regulations in India. The Competition Commission of India’s (CCI) recent directives on Android and Play have forced us to make significant changes in India. We have today notified the CCI of how we will comply with their directives,” Google said in a statement.

We announced a number of measures to ensure the continuity of Android and Google Play Store business in India.

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Here are the main changes:
1) Going forward, Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) such as Samsung, Xiaomi, Oppo, and Vivo will be able to license individual Google apps to be pre-installed on their devices.

2) Google will also release updates to all eligible Android phones. After updating to the new firmware, you will have the option to change your default search engine from Google to your preferred browser app.

3) Google will soon update the Android compatibility requirements to introduce changes for partners building incompatible or forked variants.

4) Android phone users and developers can take advantage of the “User Choice Billing” option. Starting in February, it will be available for all apps and games. This allows developers to give users the option of choosing a billing system other than Google Play’s billing system when purchasing in-app digital content.

Google will soon revise our Help Center articles and FAQs to provide more information about the services Google Play offers and when and how Google Play service fees apply. am.

While Google has always offered users the freedom to sideload apps from developer websites, we educate phone users on how to protect their privacy security.

In October 2022, CCI fined Rs. Also, Google-owned app developers process billing only on their own systems.

As previously stated, Google disagrees with the CCI’s direction and has appealed to NCLAT and the Supreme Court seeking a stay of the direction and penalties. It argued that relaxing restrictions on certain aspects, such as Android phones, could jeopardize the privacy and security of device owners.

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