Minister of State for Information Technology Rajeev Chandrasekhar told Reuters in an interview that such cases are serious and the central government is concerned and will take action against Google. He said, “We have considered it. You will see the result in the coming weeks. Certainly we will not ignore it.” However, he declined to specify what kind of policy or regulatory action could be taken in this matter. “It is worrying, not just for us, but for the entire digital ecosystem in the country,” Chandrasekhar said. Google did not respond to a request for comment. When asked whether he has Google Chandrasekhar said, “There is no need for any conversation. The court has given its conclusion in this matter.”
About 97 percent of the 600 million smartphones in the country run on Android. In Europe, this figure is about 75 percent for about 550 million smartphones. In October last year, the CCI fined Alphabet about $161 million for abusing its dominant position in the Android market. The CCI also asked the company to change the way it markets its Android system. The CCI had directed the company not to impose any condition which is unfair or discriminatory to the app developers.
Recently, Shark Tank India judge and businessman Anupam Mittal termed Google’s billing system as “illegal” and called Alphabet, which runs it, a ‘Digital East India Company’. He had said that Google has violated the laws of the country. Along with this, Mittal expressed hope that the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) will pay attention to this issue.
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