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India Antitrust Body Denies Google's Allegation it Copied EU's Android Order

India Antitrust Body Denies Google's Allegation it Copied EU's Android Order

Thursday, 19 January, 2023 - 10:00
FILE PHOTO: The logo of Google is pictured during the Viva Tech start-up and technology summit in Paris, France, May 25, 2018. REUTERS/Charles Platiau

India's competition regulator on Thursday denied allegations by Google that investigators copied parts of a European order while ruling against the US firm for abusing the market dominance of its Android platform.


"We have not cut, copy and paste," N Venkataraman, a government lawyer representing the Competition Commission of India (CCI), told the top court.


The comments came at a hearing in India's Supreme Court, where Google is seeking to block the CCI ruling, Reuters said.


The body fined Alphabet Inc-owned Google $161 million for exploiting its dominant position in Android, which powers 97% of smartphones in India, and asked it to change restrictions imposed on smartphone makers related to pre-installing apps.


Google had challenged the directive saying it would hurt consumers and also its business, warning the growth of the Android ecosystem will stall if the far-reaching measures were to be implemented.


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