CCI had imposed a fine of Rs 1,337.76 crore on Google for abusing its strong market position in the Android mobile device segment.
Review of CCI’s decision
Google has suffered a setback of more than Rs 1300 crore from the Competition Commission, after which now Google He himself is counting its effects. According to Google, this blow is not on it but on Indian customers and businessmen. Google on Friday said it will review the Competition Commission of India’s order imposing a fine of Rs 1,338 crore for non-competitive activities. CCI imposed a fine of Rs 1,337.76 crore on Google.
This action was taken to abuse its strong position in many markets in the Android mobile device sector. Apart from this, CCI has also directed Google to stop unfair business practices.
What is Google’s statement
The company termed the decision of CCI as a big setback for Indian customers. A Google spokesperson said in an emailed statement that the CCI’s decision is a major setback for Indian consumers and businesses, which will pose a serious security risk to Indians relying on the security features of Android and the need for mobile devices for Indians. The cost will increase. In other words, mobiles will be expensive due to this decision. Google said it would review the decision to evaluate next steps. In its first official response after the CCI order, Google said Android has created more choices for everyone and the app supports thousands of successful businesses in India and around the world.
what is the matter
Google is accused of using its strong position in the market to drive other companies out of the market. For which he took advantage of many types of agreements with OEMs. Android is an open-source, mobile operating system established by Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) of smartphones and tablets. The allegations of unfair business practices pertain to two agreements namely the Mobile Application Distribution Agreement (MADA) and the Anti Fragmentation Agreement (AFA). This agreement ended the market opportunity for Google’s competitors. In a release issued on Thursday, the commission said that Google has also been directed to modify its functioning within a stipulated time-frame. The CCI had in April 2019 ordered a detailed inquiry into the matter following complaints from users of Android-based smartphones in the country.