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Google challenges ICC order on Android devices, calls it a setback for Indian users

Google challenges ICC order on Android devices, calls it a setback for Indian users

Google challenges ICC order on Android devices, calls it a setback for Indian users

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Google has challenged an ICC order over the tech giant abusing its dominant position in several markets in the Android mobile device ecosystem, saying the verdict is a setback for Indian users and will make those devices more expensive in the world. country.

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The Competition Commission had fined Google Rs 1,337.76 crore for anti-competitive practices in relation to Android mobile devices. In the October ruling, CCI also ordered the internet major to cease and desist from various unfair business practices.

Google has now contacted the National Company Law Appellate Tribunal (NCLAT) to challenge the TCC order.

A Google spokesperson told PTI: “We have decided to appeal the Android ICC decision as we believe it presents a major setback for our Indian users and businesses who trust security features. of Android, and potentially increases the cost of mobile devices.” “We look forward to making our point in NCLAT and remain committed to users and partners,” the spokesperson added.

Android has greatly benefited Indian users, developers and original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and propelled India’s digital transformation, the company said.

Google has requested a stay of the order, sources said, adding that the company believes CCI has not appreciated the strong evidence filed by OEMs, developers and users demonstrating that Android’s open business model supports the competition for the benefit of all stakeholders, including in India specifically.

The ICC ruling exposes Indian users to unprecedented security risks and will make Android devices in India more expensive, less functional and less secure than they are today, the sources said.

Sources aware of the company’s stance said Google believes the move will hurt Indian developers whose costs will rise.

Appeals against ICC orders may be filed with the NCLAT Appeal Tribunal.

Google was fined more than Rs 2,200 crore in two ICC rulings less than a week apart in October.

In its second decision against Google, the Competition Commission fined the company Rs 936.44 crore for abusing its dominant position with respect to its Play Store policies.

In November, Google said it was “pausing” enforcement of the requirement for developers to use Play’s billing system for the purchase of digital goods and services for user transactions in India while he was considering legal options in the wake of the TCC decision.

India is an important market for global tech giants, which are attracted by its large user base, technological appetite, business potential and enabling policies.

India-born Google CEO Sundar Pichai during his visit to India earlier this week said the pace of technological change in the country was extraordinary and the company was supporting small businesses and startups, investing in cybersecurity, providing education and vocational training, and the application of AI (artificial intelligence) in sectors such as agriculture and health.


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