Google said Friday it would challenge India’s antitrust watchdog’s decision, but would work with authorities to find a solution. The response comes after India’s Supreme Court rejected Google’s request to block an antitrust order and gave them a week to comply with directions given by India’s Competition Commission. The move could potentially change the way Google does business in the important overseas market of India.
The case will now go to the National Company Law Appellate Tribunal (NCLAT), where Google had previously received no relief. The Supreme Court ordered the NCLAT to make a decision by March 31. If the NCLAT fails to reach a decision in Google’s favor by this month, the company will have to make several changes to its business practices in India.
India’s Competition Commission (ICC) has ordered Google not to require its Play Store license to be tied to the mandatory installation of several Google apps such as Chrome and YouTube. Additionally, Google was ordered to allow users to remove its apps from their phones and give users the option to switch search engine providers. The TCC also fined Google $162 million in its first order.
What did Google say about this?
A Google spokesperson said “We are reviewing the details of yesterday’s decision which is limited to an interim measure and have not decided the merits of our appeal”, They added “Android has greatly benefited Indian users, developers and OEMs and has played a key role in the digital transformation. We remain committed to our users and partners and will cooperate with the ICC on the way forward, alongside our appeal.
What will be the consequences ?
India is Google’s biggest market by users, with the company investing more than $10 billion in the country over the past decade and amassing more than half a billion monthly active users. . The majority of smartphones in India run on Android. Google has previously warned that if India’s antitrust watchdog’s decision is allowed, it would lead to higher device prices in the South Asian market and an increase in potentially dangerous apps that pose a threat to individual and national security. .
Many Indian startups that compete with Google’s services hailed the Supreme Court’s ruling. Rohan Verma, CEO of MapmyIndia, expressed his excitement over the decision, saying that Google’s requirement for smartphone vendors to pre-install Google Maps has negatively impacted MapmyIndia’s business.
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