Report: Google accused of blocking rivals from Android in India
A recent Reuters report, citing four different unnamed sources, claims that Alphabet Inc.’s Google is being probed by India’s antitrust watchdog. The report details that the antitrust commission is investigating Google of abusing its Android operating system in order to block its rivals.
The Competition Commission of India (CCI) has been working on the case for the past six months. Google was also subject to a similar case in Europe, where it was fined 4.34 billion euro ($5 billion) by European antitrust regulators, a decision Google appealed.
While neither Google nor the CCI commented on the matter, Reuters’ sources claim the investigation “is on the lines of the EU case, but at a preliminary stage”. The report also claims that Google executives have met with the CCI at least once, in the past months, in order to discuss the allegations.
“The CCI will have a tough time not initiating a formal investigation into Google given the EU case, unless they can show the problem has been addressed (by remedies)”, another source is being cited by Reuters. CCI already fined Google last year for 1.36 billion rupees ($19 million) over “search bias” and abuse of its dominant position.