Google to offer more search tools
After failing to get a court order to block an antitrust ruling, Google on Wednesday said it will allow users in India to choose the default search engine on Android-based smartphones.
As part of the key changes the tech giant will make to its platforms and business in India in the aftermath of the landmark CCI ruling, OEMs (Original Equipment Manufacturers) will be able to license individual Google apps for pre-installation on their devices.
Google is also updating the Android compatibility requirements to introduce changes for partners to build non-compatible or forked variants, the company said in its blog.
Last week, the Supreme Court refused a stay a Competition Commission of India (CCI) order slapping a Rs 1,337.76 crore fine on Google for exploiting the dominant position of its popular Android operating system, which powers 97 per cent of around60 crore smartphones in India.
CCI imposed another Rs936 crore penalty on the US tech giant in a case related to its Play Store policies.
“We take our commitment to comply with local laws and regulations in India seriously. The CCI’s recent directives for Android and Play require us to make significant changes for India, and today we’ve informed the CCI of how we will be complying with their directives,” Google said in the blog.