Google agrees to cooperate with CCI after Android decision


NEW DELHI: Tech giant Google said it would cooperate with the Competition Commission of India (CCI) after the country’s top court upheld an antitrust order forcing the US company to change the way which it markets its popular Android platform.

“We remain committed to our users and partners and will cooperate with the ICC on the way forward,” a Google spokesperson said in a statement to Reuters.

“We are reviewing the details of yesterday’s decision which is limited to interim relief and did not rule on the merits of our appeal,” Google said, adding that it would pursue its legal challenge of the Android decision.

In a major setback for Google, the Supreme Court on Thursday declined to intervene in the National Company Law Appellate Tribunal’s (NCLAT) interim order refusing to grant a stay of the imposition of US tech giant fined 1,337 crore by competition regulator. The penalty was imposed on Google for allegedly abusing its dominant position in the Android mobile device ecosystem.

Google must now comply within seven days. The tech giant was also asked to pay 10% of the amount of the fine.

India’s Competition Commission (CCI) ruled in October that Alphabet Inc-owned Google was exploiting its dominant position in Android and asked it to remove restrictions on device manufacturers, including those related to pre-installation. of applications and the exclusivity of its research. It also fined Google $161 million.

-With the contributions of the agency

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