Google Gets Relief in Android Antitrust Case in India, Tribunal Sets Aside CCI Order on Third-Party App Stores

An Indian tribunal on Wednesday gave partial relief to Alphabet Inc’s Google by setting aside four of 10 antitrust directives in a case related to the dominant market position of its Android operating system. The Competition Commission of India (CCI) said in October that Google had exploited its dominant position in Android and told it … Read more

Google’s Hearing Against CCI’s Penalty Order Concluded, NCLAT Reserves Judgement

The NCLAT on Monday concluded its hearing over the petition filed by Google, in which the tech giant challenged the Competition Commission’s order imposing a Rs. 1,337.76 crore penalty for anti-competitive practices in relation to Android mobile devices. A two-member bench of the National Company Law Appellate Tribunal (NCLAT) was conducting the hearing on a … Read more

Google in ‘Gross Violation’ of CCI Order, Charging App Developers 11 to 26 Percent Commission: ADIF

The Alliance of Digital India Foundation (ADIF) on Thursday said Google is blatantly disobeying CCI orders and charging app developers an exorbitant 11-26 per cent commission even if they opt for alternative billing system. ADIF, the policy think tank focusing on Indian digital startups, has urged the authorities, including the Competition Commission of India (CCI), … Read more

Android Devices in India Could Soon Ship With Fewer Google Apps Under New ‘IMADA’ Licence

The antitrust case brought upon by the Competition Commission of India (CCI) against Google last year will finally force the tech giant’s hands into amending its software licensing agreements with OEMs in India. According to a leaked report, device manufactures can continue to release Android devices (phones, tablets, etc) in India under the global MADA (Mobile … Read more

Supreme Court Dismisses Google’s Plea to Modify January 19 Order Upholding NCLAT Decision on CCI Penalty

The Supreme Court on Friday refused to entertain the plea of Google LLC seeking modification of its January 19 order and said the company can raise its grievances during hearing of its appeal before the NCLAT. A bench of Chief Justice D Y Chandrachud and Justices P S Narasimha and J B Pardiwala said at … Read more

Google Announces Sweeping Changes for Android Device Makers in India After Supreme Court Upholds CCI Order

Google said on Wednesday it will allow device makers in India to license its individual apps for pre-installation and give an option to users to choose their default search engine, announcing sweeping changes to how its Android system operates. The move comes after the country’s Supreme Court upheld stringent antitrust directives last week, rejecting a … Read more