Google challenges Android antitrust ruling at Supreme Court of India

NEW DELHI, Jan. 7 (Reuters) – Google has filed a lawsuit in India’s Supreme Court to block a ruling by the country’s antitrust watchdog that will force the US company to review the way it markets its Android platform brings to change, court records showed on Saturday.

The Competition Commission of India (CCI) in October fined Alphabet Inc (GOOGL.O) unit $161 million for exploiting its dominant position in the Android market, which powers 97% of smartphones in India and is an important growth region for the US. huge.

The challenge comes after Google suffered a setback on Wednesday when an appeals tribunal rejected its request to block the antitrust ruling. The company argued that implementing the CCI’s guidelines will harm its longstanding business model and consumer interests.

Supreme Court records show Google filed an appeal against the tribunal’s ruling on Saturday. A hearing date has yet to be set.

Reuters was the first to report on Google’s proposed strategy on Thursday.

Sources told Reuters earlier this week that Google sees a legal challenge as its last hope to block the ruling from the CCI, whose guidelines force the company to change its business model on Jan. 19.

Google’s Supreme Court filing seeks to put the CCI decision on hold while the appeal is heard, a person familiar with the case said on Saturday.

Google is concerned about the Indian decision, as the measures offered are considered more drastic than the landmark 2018 European Commission ruling for imposing unlawful restrictions on Android mobile device manufacturers. Google has challenged the record $4.3 billion fine in that case.

A Google spokesperson did not immediately respond.

The CCI ruled in October that Google’s license to its Play Store “should not be linked to the requirement of pre-installation” of Google search services, the Chrome browser, YouTube or other Google applications.

Reporting by Aditya Kalra, Arpan Chaturvedi and Aditi Shah in New Delhi; Edited by Mike Harrison

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