Indian start-ups see apex tribunal's order against Google as a win

But fees charged by Google for app purchases remain a concern

Aryaman GuptaSourabh Lele New Delhi
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Indian start-ups and app developers appeared to be content with the recent National Company Law Appellate Tribunal’s (NCLAT’s) judgment that upheld the findings of the Competition Commission of India (CCI) against Google on misusing dominant position in the Android mobile device ecosystem, even as it set aside four key directives of the competition watchdog to the tech giant.
They are now keeping a watch on the implementation of the CCI’s directive concerning fees levied by Google for services and digital items sold via apps on Android devices.
In a partial relief to Google, the NCLAT on Wednesday reversed four of the 10 key non-monetary directives that would have forced Google to allow uninstalling of its pre-installed apps on Android devices. The directive that asked the tech giant to allow individual app store developers to distribute their app store via Google Play Store was also quashed. This CCI order was a major concern

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First Published: Mar 30 2023 | 11:27 PM IST

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