India antitrust probe finds Google abused Android dominance, report shows
Google abused the dominant position of its Android operating system in India, using its 'huge financial muscle' to illegally hurt competitors, the country's antitrust authority found in a report on its two-year probe seen by Reuters.
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Google under antitrust investigation since 2019NEW DELHI, Sept 18 (Reuters) - Google abused the dominant position of its Android operating system in India, using its "huge financial muscle" to illegally hurt competitors, the country's antitrust authority found in a report on its two-year probe seen by Reuters.
Alphabet Inc's(GOOGL.O)Google reduced "the ability and incentive of device manufacturers to develop and sell devices operating on alternative versions of Android," says the June report by the Competition Commission of India's (CCI) investigations unit. headtopics.com
The U.S. tech giant told Reuters in a statement it looks forward to working with the CCI to "demonstrate how Android has led to more competition and innovation, not less."Google has not received the investigation report, a person with direct knowledge of the situation told Reuters.
The CCI did not respond to a request for comment on the report. Senior CCI members will review the report and give Google another chance to defend itself, before issuing a final order, which could include penalties, said another person familiar with the case.
Google would be able to appeal any order in India's courts. Read more: Reuters Top News »
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