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Google has lost a court bid to avoid payment of fines levied on it by India's Competition Commission, and massive changes to the way it does business in India. India's Competition Commission last year found Google guilty of abusing its dominant position in the Android Mobile device ecosystem and its operation of the Play Store …

  1. Pascal Monett Silver badge

    "there is much, much, more to lose than just money"

    Well yes, there is the iron grip Google has on the entire ecosystem.

    Google makes Android, but what Google wants is Chrome everywhere, because that's how it gets ad views.

    And Google is all about the ad views. It's what it is, literally.

    So, push in some actual capitalistic competition and you weaken Google's ad views, aka its bottom line.

    And Google's job to its shareholders, which it gleefully fulfills, is to maximize its ad views.

    So no, Alphabet won't be happy about this.

    At all.

  2. Roopee Silver badge
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    Well Done India!

    I don’t usually heap praise on India but in this case they’ve done something genuinely praise-worthy.

    Now we need a few more major governments to have the guts to stand up to Google...

    And Facebook and Apple and...

  3. PghMike

    When does Apple get examined?

    Apple's behavior is generally even worse than Google's in controlling what apps run on its devices. It'd be nice to see Apple forced to open things up as well.

    1. ArrZarr Silver badge

      Re: When does Apple get examined?

      I strongly suspect that Android has >90% market share (quick google *cough* yielded nothing obvious). Legitimate business practice at one level stops being legitimate once you're a monopoly due to how those business practices interact with the rest of the economy.

  4. quadibloc2

    One Question

    Given the court's finding on what business practices are required of companies supplying software to be used on smartphones in India, I have just one question.

    Is it possible to buy an iPhone in India?

    It would seem like it shouldn't be.

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