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      Google Challenges CCI Order on Android Devices and Calls It Setback for Indian Users | Details Inside

      Google has challenge a CCI order on the tech giant abusing its dominant position in multiple markets in the Android mobile device ecosystem, saying the verdict is a setback for Indian users and will make such devices more expensive in India.

      Competition Commission had given a penalty of Rs 1,337.76 crore on Google for anti-competitive practices in relation to Android mobile devices.

      In the October ruling, CCI had also order the internet major to cease and desist from various unfair business practices.

      Google has now approach the National Company Law Appellate Tribunal (NCLAT) challenging the CCI’s order.

      Google spokesperson Said :

      “We have decide to appeal the CCI’s decision on Android as we believe it presents a major setback for our Indian users and businesses who trust Android’s security features, and potentially raising the cost of mobile devices.”

      “We look forward to making our case in NCLAT and remain committed to users and partners,”.

      Android has greatly benefit Indian users, developers, and Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) and power India’s digital transformation, as per Google.

      Google has sought a stay on the order, sources said, adding that the company believes that CCI fail to appreciate strong evidence on record from OEMs, developers, and users demonstrating that the open Android business model supports competition for the benefit of all stakeholders, including in India specifically.

      The CCI decision exposes Indian users to unprecedent security risks, and will make Android devices in India more expensive, less functional and less safe than they are today, as per sources claim.

      Sources aware of the the company’s stance said Google believes that the ruling will harm Indian developers whose costs will increase.

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      Appeals against CCI orders can be file in the appellate tribunal NCLAT.

      Google was fine over Rs 2,200 crore in two CCI rulings less than a week apart in October.

      In its second ruling against Google, the Competition Commission had slap a penalty of Rs 936.44 crore on the company for abusing its dominant position with respect to its Play Store policies.

      In November 2022, Google said it is “pausing” enforcement of the requirement for developers to use Play’s billing system for the purchase of digital goods and services for transactions by users in India while it reviews legal options in the aftermath of the CCI ruling.

      India is a important market for Google, who are drawn to its large user base, tech appetite, business potential, and enabling policies.

      Google’s India-born CEO Sundar Pichai, during his visit to India, had said the pace of technological change in India has extraordinary and the company is supporting small businesses and startups, investing in cybersecurity, providing education and skills training, and applying Artificial Intelligence (AI) in sectors like agriculture and healthcare.

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