Google has said it will make changes to the way it does business in India following an antitrust order from the country’s competition watchdog.
The search giant has been ordered to stop giving preferential treatment to its own apps and services on Android smartphones and to offer users a choice of browsers and search engines.
“We will comply with the order,” a Google spokesperson said in a statement.
Google has been given 60 days to make the changes.
The company has been accused of using its dominance of the Android operating system to push its own apps and services on users.
The order from the Competition Commission of India (CCI) is the latest regulatory setback for the company in a major market.
Google has already been fined $5bn by the European Commission for breaching antitrust rules.
The CCI said Google’s behavior was ” anti-competitive” and had harmed consumers by “denying them choices”.
It added that the company had “abused its market dominance” as a search engine by giving preferential treatment to its own apps.
The order does not specifically mention the Google Play store, but the CCI said the company should ensure that app developers were not unfairly discriminated against.
The CCI also ordered Google to offer users a choice of browsers and search engines, and to stop any agreements which prevented smartphone manufacturers from using other versions of Android.
Google said it was “looking forward to engaging” with the CCI to address its concerns.
The company has been given 60 days to make the changes.
This is not the first time Google has been in hot water over its Android business practices.
In 2017, the European Commission fined the company €2.42bn for breaching antitrust rules.
The case related to Google’s practice of pre-installing its Chrome browser and Google Search app on Android devices.
Google has appealed the decision. Google has decided to make changes to how it does business in India after being hit with an antitrust order. The company will now allow phone makers to use its Android operating system without having to pre-install Google Search and Chrome.
This is a big change for Google, which has typically required phone makers to install its search and browser apps if they wanted to use Android. The company has been accused of using this practice to stifle competition and maintain its monopoly in the search market.
The changes come after the Indian antitrust regulator ordered Google to stop requiring phone makers to pre-install its apps. The regulator said this practice was anti-competitive and resulted in Google Search and Chrome being used on the vast majority of Android devices in India.
Google has said that it will comply with the order and make the changes within the next few weeks. This is a big win for consumers in India, who will now have more choice in which search and browser apps they use on their Android devices.