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CCI order says Google appears to have abused Android dominance in India: report

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Google appears to have misused its dominant position in India by making it harder for phone makers to choose alternative versions of Android, according to a 14-page order issued by the Competition Commission of India in April and accessed by Reuters last week. The CCI's order found that Google’s restrictions on manufacturers seemed to amount to the imposition of “unfair conditions” under India’s competition law, the report said. The CCI began looking into the complaint against Google last year and decided to launch a full investigation in April, after finding that there was merit in accusations that Google abused its dominant position to hamper competition. The complaint is similar to the one Google faced in Europe and paid a $5 billion penalty for (see below). The CCI's investigations arm should complete the wider probe in the case within 150 days, the Reuters report said,…

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