Google faces anti-trust case in India over abuse in sensible TVs section


New Delhi, October 7

Alphabet Inc’s Google is facing a new anti-trust case in India in which the US tech giant is alleged to have abused its Android operating system’s position in the smart television market, a source and two lawyers involved in the case said.

The case is Google’s fourth major anti-trust challenge in India, one of its key markets where it is currently facing public criticism from local startups for enforcing certain policies and company charges they contend hurt their growth.

Fourth anti-trust challenge in India

  • The US tech giant is alleged to have abused its Android operating system’s position in the smart television market
  • The case is Google’s fourth major anti-trust challenge in India where it is currently facing criticism from startups over policies and charges
  • The CCI has been looking into allegations that Google engages in anti-competitive practices by creating barriers for firms wanting to use modified versions of Android

It also comes as Google faces new anti-trust challenges in the US, and a potential anti-trust probe in China that is set to look into how it allegedly uses its dominance of its Android mobile operating system to stifle competition. Google has denied any wrongdoing.

The Competition Commission of India (CCI) has since June been looking into allegations that Google engages in anti-competitive practices by creating barriers for firms wanting to use or develop modified versions of Android for smart TVs, such as Amazon Fire TV’s operating system, according to the source, who has direct knowledge of the case.

The case has been filed by two Indian anti-trust lawyers, Kshitiz Arya and Purushottam Anand. They both confirmed the case filing against Google for alleged abuse in the smart television market, but declined to comment further. The source said the CCI had directed Google to submit its written responses to the allegations and that the company has sought more time.

A Google spokesman declined comment, since the case with the anti-trust body was pending. Amazon and the CCI did not respond to requests for comment. Unlike Indian court cases, filings and details of cases reviewed by the CCI are not disclosed publicly.

The anti-trust watchdog could order a wider investigation against Google if it finds merit in the allegations, or throw out the case completely. — Reuters



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