Google is changing the way Android works in India in response to a landmark antitrust ruling


After the latest attempt to block India’s landmark Android ruling , Google detailed how its mobile operating system will change to comply with orders from the country’s Competition Commission. One noted by Google said it will allow Android users in India to choose their device’s default search engine “via a selection screen” that appears when they set up a new phone or tablet.

Additionally, starting next month, all apps and games downloaded from the Play Store will support third-party billing options, allowing developers to pay Google fees on in-app purchases. The company will also start allowing users to uninstall first-party apps that came with their devices.

Competition Commission of India (CCI) In October last year, it claimed the company was abusing its “dominant position” in search, video and the web to unfairly harm its competitors. Besides changing what Indian consumers can expect from Android, the order will reshape the company’s relationship with Android manufacturers. On Wednesday, the company said it will allow OEMs to license individual first-party apps to pre-install on their devices. The company will also update Android’s compatibility requirements to better support forked OS variants.

Of course, Google isn’t eager to redesign Android to meet the CCI’s orders. “Implementing these changes across the ecosystem will be a complex process and will require significant work on our end and, in many cases, significant efforts from partners, original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and developers,” the company said. In the meantime, he plans to “respect certain aspects” of the Commission’s decisions. “We take seriously our obligation to comply with local laws and regulations in India,” Google said.

Google has tried to relax regulators and prevent this kind of interference by introducing apps like it. , which allows developers to implement alternative in-app purchase systems within their apps. At this point, Google may be swimming against the tide. The US Department of Justice on Tuesday with a proposal to break up its ad tech division. The tech giant also faces the prospect of US lawmakers to more competition.

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