According to sources with direct knowledge of the matter, Google is preparing a court challenge to prevent the Competition Commission of India (CCI) from altering its strategy toward its Android operating system out of concern that it may restrict how it promotes the platform.
In two CCI judgements since last week, the Alphabet division has been fined $275 million (Rs 2,265 crore): one for its in-app commission policies, and the other for abusing its market dominance for the Android operating system (OS). The decisions were made at a time when Google is subject to more intense antitrust scrutiny globally. When a European court affirmed a 2018 verdict, mainly affirming that the corporation imposed “unlawful limitations on producers of Android mobile devices,” it suffered a significant blow. Google plans to contest the ruling, which could result in a record-breaking penalty of $4.1 billion (Rs 33,761 crore).