October 26, 2022
India’s antitrust watchdog has fined Google $113 million for ‘unfair’ payment policies, a week after hitting the tech behemoth with an even bigger financial penalty for abusing its market dominance.
The company’s Android mobile operating system which is based in California is by far the dominant player in India and runs on 95 percent of all the country’s smartphones, according to research agency Counterpoint.
Independent developers distribute their own software on Android through the company’s app store, Google Play, but must use Google’s billing system to collect revenue from consumers.
This policy amounts to an “unfair condition on app developers”, the Competition Commission of India (CCI) said in a statement announcing the fine.