Google challenges Android antitrust ruling in Indian Supreme Court

Google has filed a lawsuit in India’s Supreme Court to block a ruling by the country’s antitrust watchdog that will force the US company to change the way it markets its Android platform, court records show. released on Saturday.

India’s Competition Commission (ICC) in October fined unit Alphabet Inc $161 million for exploiting its dominance in the Android market, which powers 97% of smartphones in India and is a key growth region for the American giant. The challenge comes after Google suffered a setback on Wednesday when an appeals court rejected its request to block the antitrust ruling. The company argued that implementing the ICC guidelines would hurt its long-standing business model and consumer interests.

Supreme Court records show that Google challenged the court’s decision on Saturday. A hearing date has not yet been set. Reuters was first to report on Google’s planned strategy on Thursday.

Sources told Reuters earlier this week that Google is considering a legal challenge as its last hope to block the ICC ruling, whose guidelines forcing the company to change its business model take effect on January 19. Google’s Supreme Court filing aims to put the TCC’s decision on hold while its appeal is heard, a person familiar with the matter said Saturday.

Google is concerned about the Indian ruling as the remedies ordered are seen as more sweeping than the European Commission’s landmark 2018 ruling for imposing illegal restrictions on Android mobile device makers. Google challenged the record $4.3 billion fine in the case. A Google spokesperson did not immediately respond.

The ICC decided in October that Google’s license for its Play Store “will not be linked to the obligation to pre-install” Google search services, the Chrome browser, YouTube or any other Google application.

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