India the latest to probe Google’s Android dominance

Google has once again been probed regarding the dominance of its Android ecosystem. This time by the Competition Commission of India, which has deemed actions taken by Google to be anti-competitive.

According to the Times of India, the probe began in 2019 and has resulted in a report totalling 750 pages on the matter.

The publication has reviewed said report, noting that Google is the leader in the market with an estimated 98 percent presence. Given that India is recognised as one of the largest mobile markets in the world given the size of its population, being able to control such an ecosystem would prove favourable.

That said, the Competition Commission has explained that Google used said dominance to gain an unfair advantage in the music, search, app library and browser spaces, pushing its own services in those fields over offering more choice from other solutions and platforms.

These aforementioned Google offerings are bundled into solutions that the company bills as Google Mobile Services (GMS), with the vast majority of manufacturers and carriers needing to cater to them in the region, owing to an agreement signed with the tech giant.

This is not too dissimilar from the findings that South Korea’s watch dogs have noted when issuing Google with an antitrust fine earlier this month.

In the case of India, no fine has been outlined at the time of writing, but Google will have the opportunity to lay out its case for why it should continue to operate as it currently is.

Given the size of the Indian market, not to mention its importance for testing mobile solutions and rolling out Android One, this is one territory it does not want to lose any ground in.

As such, the outcome of those discussions could prove significant indeed, especially as more countries look at how Google operates.

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