India’s antitrust commission is looking into accusations that Alphabet’s unit Google abuses its popular Android mobile operating system to block its rivals, reported Reuters.
The Competition Commission of India (CCI) has been reviewing a case for the past six months that is similar to one Google faced in Europe that led to a fine of €4.34 billion (US$5 billion) by antitrust regulators last year, three of the sources said. Google has challenged that order.
The European Commission found Google had abused its market dominance since 2011 with practices such as forcing manufacturers to pre-install Google Search and its Chrome browser, together with its Google Play app store on Android devices.
“It is on the lines of the EU case, but at a preliminary stage,” said one of the sources, who is aware of the CCI investigation.