Google said on Friday it was appealing India’s antitrust body’s order against the company over alleged anti-competitive practices regarding Android mobile devices in the key overseas market.
The company has approached the National Company Law Appellate Tribunal (NCLAT), the country’s appellate court, to appeal the October order of the Competition Commission of India, in which the watchdog has fined Google $162 million.
“We have decided to appeal the Android ICC ruling as we believe it presents a major setback for our Indian users and businesses who trust Android’s security features, and potentially increases the cost of mobile devices,” a Google spokesperson said in a statement.
“We look forward to making our point in NCLAT and remain committed to users and partners.”
In October, the TCC, which began investigating Google three-and-a-half years ago, said it found that Google required device makers to pre-install its entire Google Mobile suite and demanded placement conspicuous of these apps “imposing unfair conditions on device manufacturers”. and was therefore in “violation of the provisions of section 4(2)(a)(i) of the Act”.
A few days later, the TCC fined Google another $113 million for allegedly abusing the dominant position of its Google Play Store and ordered the company to allow app developers to use third party payment processing services for in-app purchases or for in-app purchases.
India is a key overseas market for Google, which has over 500 million users in the South Asian market. The company, which has invested billions in its India business over the past decade, has pledged to invest another $10 billion in the country over the next two years.