Google has been facing antitrust issues for a long period of time, as the company has almost complete level of control over the Android operating system. The antitrust commission of India is the latest to send a blow towards the technology giant. The Competition Commission of India has accused Google of abusing Android resources so that Google can block its rivals, thus leading to unhealthy competition practices.
It should be noted that the case and the accusations are at the preliminary stage itself. The CCI has been on the investigation for some time and Alphabet Inc is one of the current major players on the crosshair. It must be noted that the case is almost similar to an accusation that happened by European Union, at the end of which Google ended up paying a fine of around $5 Billion.
According to some sources cited by Reuters, the case is on the same line of the EU issue, but the investigation is in the preliminary stage. In the European Union case, Google was accused of abusing Android resources in a way that manufacturers were compelled to make Google Search and Google Chrome as the default search engines and web browser respectively. It was said that Google has been practicing the same since 2011.
Nevertheless, it’s not expected that the actions from CCI would be the same as EU. First of all, the actions from CCI have taken a long period of time till completion. Unlike European Union, the CCI does not have the strongest infrastructure either. There is a possibility that the complaint may be ignored on the basis of lack of merit.
“The CCI will have a tough time not initiating a formal investigation into Google given the EU case, unless they can show the problem has been addressed (by remedies),” says one of the sources cited by Reuters.