EXCLUSIVE-India orders anti-trust probe of Google for alleged Android abuse-sources

* India's investigation is latest regulatory setback for Google

* Watchdog ordered to probe if Google abused Android-sources

* India case similar to EU complaint in which Google fined $5 bln

* Investigation to be completed in a year-source

By Aditya Kalra

NEW DELHI, May 10 (Reuters) - India's antitrust watchdog has ordered an investigation into Alphabet Inc's unit Google for alleged abuse of its popular Android mobile operating system to block rivals, two sources aware of the matter told Reuters.

The Competition Commission of India (CCI) last year started looking into the complaint, which is similar to one Google faced in Europe that resulted in a 4.34 billion euro ($5 billion) fine on the company, Reuters reported in February.

In mid-April, the CCI decided there was merit in the accusations made in the complaint and ordered its investigation unit to launch a full probe, one of the sources with direct knowledge of the matter said.

That decision, which was confirmed by the second source, has not been previously reported and the order calling the full investigation was not made public.

"It is a strong case for the CCI, given the EU precedent," said the first source. "The CCI has (preliminarily) found Google abused its dominant position."

The probe would be completed in about a year and Google executives would likely be summoned to appear before the CCI in coming months, the source said.

The CCI did not respond to a request for comment.

A Google spokesman said Android has enabled millions of Indians to connect to the internet by making mobile devices more affordable. Google looked forward to working with the CCI "to demonstrate how Android has led to more competition and innovation, not less," the spokesman said in a statement.

Reuters could not establish who filed the complaint, which involves more than one person.

In the EU case, regulators said Google forced manufacturers to pre-install Google Search and its Chrome browser, together with its Google Play app store on Android devices, giving it an unfair advantage. (Reporting by Aditya Kalra in New Delhi; Editing by Martin Howell and Alex Richardson)


More Related News

Android: Why this photo is bricking some phones
Android: Why this photo is bricking some phones

An atmospheric landscape photograph set as wallpaper seems to confuse the handsets.

Sony, Google, Airbnb Delay Virtual Events Due to U.S. Protests
Sony, Google, Airbnb Delay Virtual Events Due to U.S. Protests

(Bloomberg) -- Sony Corp. said it's postponing a virtual news conference for the upcoming PlayStation 5 game console, one of the most high-profile corporate events to be put on hold in deference to protests against police brutality in the U.S.Electronic Arts Inc. also scrapped an event to introduce the

After a spate of device hacks, Google beefs up Nest security protections
After a spate of device hacks, Google beefs up Nest security protections

Google has added its line of Nest smart home devices to its Advanced Protection Program, a security offering that adds stronger account protections for high-risk users like politicians and journalists. The program, launched in 2017, allows anyone who signs up access to a range of additional account security features, like limiting third-party access to account data, anti-malware protections, and allowing the use of physical security keys to help thwart some of the most advanced cyberattacks. Google said that adding Nest to the program was a "top request" from users.

Google Mulling Purchase of Stake in Indian Vodafone Idea
Google Mulling Purchase of Stake in Indian Vodafone Idea

Google (GOOGL) is considering a buying a 5% stake in Indian telecommunications provider Vodafone Idea, which itself is a partnership between UK-based Vodafone and India's Aditya Birla Group.This comes on the heels of Facebook's (FB) announcement last month that it had purchased a 9.9% stake in India's largest mobile telecom provider, Jio Platforms, for $5.7 billion. The deal was meant to provide Facebook direct access to Jio's 370 million subscribers and a foothold into India's growing mobile market.According to reports, Google has also held talks about acquiring a stake in Jio, with discussions still ongoing.Google's Android mobile operating system is extremely popular in India, as is...

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked with *

Cancel reply


Top News: Latin America