NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Google has abused the dominant position of its Android operating system in India, using its “great financial muscle” to illegally harm its competitors, the Indian competition authority said in a poll report that Reuters was able to refer to. .
The Alphabet subsidiary has reduced “the ability and incentive for device manufacturers to develop and sell devices that run on alternative versions of Android,” the investigation unit of the Indian Competition Commission (ICC) said in a June report. ).
The US giant told Reuters it was willing to work with the ICC to “show how Android has led to more competition and innovation, not less.”
According to a source familiar with the matter, Google has not received the investigation report.
The ICC did not respond to a request for comment on the report.
High-level members of the ICC will now review the report and allow Google once again to defend its views, before issuing a decision that could include sanctions, said another source with knowledge of the matter.
However, Google will have the option to appeal this decision to the Indian courts.
The report’s findings represent a further setback for Google in terms of competition in India, where the group is the subject of various investigations, particularly in the payment app market.
(Aditya Kalra report, French version Matthieu Protard)