India fines Google $162 million for anti-competitive practices on Android2022-10-20 17:28 by Daniela
India's antitrust regulator has fined Alphabet Inc.'s Google 13.4 billion rupees ($162 million) for accelerating the dominant position of its Android smartphone operating system.
The Competition Commission says Google's business model is reliant on getting as many people to use its products and services as possible - the data gathered from people who use Search, Chrome and other Google services can be used to court advertisers. In addition, Google enters into agreements with device manufacturers to preinstall Google apps and services, giving it a "competitive edge," according to the Competition Commission.
India's competition regulator said these revenue sharing agreements help Google secure exclusivity for its search engines to the "total exclusion" of competitors.
Google said it wouldn't comment on the matter until it has received an official order from the Competition Commission.
The search giant faces antitrust actions on several fronts. Earlier this month, it was reported that Europe's antitrust regulators were also preparing charges against Google over its advertising technology business. In the US, it reportedly offered to split up its ad-tech business this summer in a move to ward off a DOJ lawsuit.
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