The Competition Commission of India (CCI) ordered a detailed probe against Google for ‘abuse’ of its dominant position

The Commission is of the prima facie view that said conduct of Google amounts to imposition of unfair & discriminatory condition, denial of market access for competing apps of Google Pay & leveraging on the part of Google, in terms of different provisions of Section 4(2) of the Act.

The mandatory use of application store’s payment system for paid apps & in-app purchases restricts the choice available to the app developers, especially considering when Google charges a commission of 30 per cent (15 per cent in certain cases) for all app purchases. Such ‘allegedly’ high fee would increase the cost of Google’s competitors.

Similarly, on the issue of pre-installation & prominence of Google Pay on Android Smartphones, the Commission said that it was prima facie of the view that the alleged conduct on the part of Google merit detailed investigation.

Nothing stated in this order shall tantamount to a final expression of opinion on the merits of the case & the DG shall conduct the investigation without being swayed in any manner whatsoever by the observations made herein.

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