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Australia looks to break Google’s dominance of search market with choice screens

The tech giant’s practice of bundling Google Search with Android OS has attracted antitrust scrutiny, including in India.

After coming down on Facebook, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has Google's dominance in the country's search engine market in its sights. According to Bloomberg, the competition watchdog has released a report that says it would want the tech giant to introduce a choice screen on new and existing Android smartphones in the country. The ACCC report also said that it would like to extend this to non-Android smartphones as well as desktop devices, and suggested limiting the ability of such search engines to pay for default positions on browsers or original equipment manufacturers (OEMs). However, the report noted that these suggestions will be made open for industry feedback before implementation. In 2018, the European Commission had fined Google for violating anti-trust laws in various areas. The tech giant has come under the scanner for 'abusing its dominant position' in India as well, where an investigation is still underway. European Commission's restrictions on Google search The European Commission had levied a $5 billion fine on Google for: Compulsorily bundling Search and Chrome with its Play Store and operating system. Blocking phone manufacturers from running forked versions of Android Paying phone manufacturers (like Apple) and service providers to “exclusively pre-install the Search app on their devices.” While Google has appealed the commission's decision, it has introduced changes like the choice screen for browsers and search apps, as well as charging device manufacturers license fees to pre-install Google apps on devices. The case against Google in India In 2018, the Competition Commission…

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