Google abused dominant position of Android in India, antitrust probe finds

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Google has abused Android’s dominant position in India to illegally hurt competitors in the world’s second-largest internet market, a two-year antitrust investigation by the country’s watchdog has found.

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The investigation found that two people were informed about the findings.

Additionally, the report found Google’s move to make it mandatory for device makers to pre-install their apps violated India’s competition law.

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The report said more than five dozen firms, including Amazon and Apple, responded to questions from the Indian watchdog – the Competition Commission of India – during the investigation.

The Indian watchdog also found issues with the way Google implemented policies on the Play Store, saying they were “one-sided, vague, vague, biased and arbitrary.”

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Google said it wants to partner with CCI to demonstrate how “Android has led the way in more competition and innovation, not less.”

The report’s findings – which are yet to be formally published by the CCI – are the latest blow to Google in India, where it has faced severe criticism from local entrepreneurs and several other antitrust investigations in recent quarters.

The Alliance of Digital India Foundation, a group of 350 startups, founders and investors, hailed the findings of the CCI report and said the watchdog’s move is “in line with the needs of the Indian digital ecosystem.”

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