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Antitrust watchdog CCI's ruling against Google and what it means for the smartphone ecosystem

In a set of diktats, India's antitrust watchdog has prised open Google's playbook of preserving Android’s 96 percent market share in India's 600-million strong smartphone market.

October 21, 2022 / 08:29 PM IST
(Representative Image: AP)

(Representative Image: AP)

Big Tech companies have been targeted by antitrust watchdogs across the world in recent years, but found India to be a relatively safe habitat at least on the competition regulation front.

That changed on Thursday, October 20, when the Competition Commission of India (CCI) slapped a penalty of Rs 1,338 crore ($162 million) on Google for abusing its dominance in the Android ecosystem.

Of course, it’s not a huge sum for a company valued at over $1 trillion, which earned 10 times the penalty in revenue from the Indian market in FY22.

But the devil, at least for Google, is in the details of the CCI's directions.