Google says India’s antitrust order ‘major setback’ for consumers and businesses, opens ‘serious security risks’ • TechCrunch

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Google says the Indian competition regulator’s request represents a “major setback for Indian consumers and businesses” and is reviewing the decision to assess “next steps”.

Indian Competition Commission Google fined $161.9 million Thursday for anti-competitive practices related to Android mobile devices and requested a number of compensation measures that could force Google to make material changes to its business strategies.

Google told TechCrunch in a statement that the regulator’s order also opens up “serious security risks for Indians who trust Android’s security features,” and raises the “cost of mobile devices for Indians.”

The company did not say what steps it might take, but industry analysts believe Google is very likely to challenge demand.

The antitrust watchdog said in its Thursday statement that device manufacturers should not be forced to install Google’s bundle of apps and the search giant should not block access to Play Services APIs, cash and other incentives for sellers.

India is Google’s largest market by number of users. Google’s Android operating system runs on 97% of the country’s 600 million smartphones, according to research firm Counterpoint.

Google in 2020 It pledged to invest $10 billion in the South Asian market over the coming years. It has already funded up to $5.5 billion in Local telecom giants Geo Platforms And the airtel.

The watchdog was investigating whether Google held a dominant position in five different markets: the licensed smartphone operating system, app store, web search services, non-OS mobile web browsers and online video hosting platform in India.

The regulator concluded that Google was dominant in all those related markets.

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