RPT-UPDATE 3-Google makes changes to Android in India after antitrust setbacks

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Google changes how it promotes Android in India


The move comes after India’s antitrust body ruling, court setback


India’s major market for Android


Google says it will continue to appeal Android orders

Aditya Karla

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Google on Wednesday allowed Indian device makers to license individual apps for pre-installation, giving users the option to choose their default search engine. announced. Android system.

The move came after the country’s Supreme Court last week upheld a strict antitrust directive, ordering the company to abuse its market position and change the way it sells Android systems in a key growth market in India. It came after dismissing Google’s appeal of the Commission’s ruling. .

Google also made some changes related to the in-app billing system. This was at the center of another recent Indian antitrust ruling that found the company engaged in anti-competitive practices by restricting its use of third-party billing or payment processing services. .

In a blog post, Google said, “Implementing these changes across our ecosystem is a complex process that requires a great deal of work on our part, often involving our partners, original equipment manufacturers (Original Equipment Manufacturers). It will require a lot of effort from (OEMs) and developers.”

Google was concerned about Android’s decision in India. The directive was seen as broader than that imposed by the European Commission’s groundbreaking 2018 ruling on operating systems.

Counterpoint Research estimates that about 97% of India’s 600 million smartphones run Android, while in Europe 75% of 550 million smartphones run Android.

Appeal to Lower Court

In October, the CCI ruled that Google, which is owned by Alphabet Inc., used its dominant position in Android, imposing restrictions on device makers, including those related to preinstalling apps and securing search exclusivity. ordered to be abolished. He also fined Google $161 million.

Hoping to block implementation of the CCI directive, Google approached the Supreme Court, warning it would stall the growth of the Android ecosystem. We will have to change our agreement with the developer.

However, the Supreme Court refused to block the order as Google sought. The court also said the lower court where Google initially challenged his Android order can continue to hear the company’s appeal and must issue a ruling by March 31.

“Google will continue to respectfully appeal certain aspects of CCI’s decision,” Google said.

The US search giant also said it was updating its Android compatibility requirements to introduce changes for partners to build incompatible variants of Android.

In Europe, Google has been fined for introducing what the commission calls illegal restrictions on Android mobile device makers. In that case, Google is still challenging the record $4.3 billion fine.

Regarding in-app purchases, Google said it will start offering user-selected purchases for all apps and games starting next month. (Reporting by Aditya Kalra and Nallur Sethuraman; Editing by Emelia Sithole-Matarise)

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