February 5, 2023

The company will change the Android license terms in India

Google has announced big changes for Android in India: Following the hefty fine imposed by the Competition Commission of India (CCI) in October 2022, tech giant Google maintained that following the CCI’s directive would increase smartphone prices in India and violate privacy. There will be danger.

Meanwhile, Google challenged the CCI’s decision first in the National Company Law Appellate Tribunal (National Company Law Appellate Tribunal or NCLAT) and then in the Supreme Court. But as the decision from both sides did not come in favor of the company, now Google seems to have thought it wise to accept the CCI’s order.

Apparently, after the country’s Supreme Court refused to stay the CCI’s order last week, there were fears that Google might make some significant changes to the country’s terms of service keeping the CCI’s decision in mind.

Yes! The American tech giant on Wednesday made an announcement that it is going to change some terms related to its Android license and Play Store billing in India.

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Talking about these changes made by Google in India, now smartphone manufacturers will be able to take separate licenses for different Google apps for pre-installation on their phones. This means that it won’t require that if the smartphone brand wants to have only selected Google apps on the phone, Google can push for other apps to be pre-installed as well.

Not only that, Indian Android users can now choose their own default search engine. This simply means that users no longer have to choose Chrome as their default search engine when they get a new phone or tablet.

Google shared in a blog post;

“We take our commitment to comply with India’s laws and regulations very seriously. Due to the recent CCI directive regarding our Android and Play Store services, we have to make some significant changes to our Terms of Service for India.”

Google also said that the company has given information to the CCI on how to follow their instructions.

Google changes Android policy in India: What was the CCI order?

To recap, in October 2022, the Competition Commission of India (CCI) imposed a penalty of around ₹1,338 crore on Google India after finding it guilty of adopting anti-competitive practices.

A few days later, the Competition Commission of India imposed a fine of ₹936.44 crore on Google, finding it guilty of abusing its strong market position over Play Store policies.

Apart from this, the CCI has directed the company to make some important changes in its terms of service, in order to control its monopoly.

Earlier Google reported the possible results of these changes?

A few weeks ago, a Google blog post revealed that the company’s patents for smartphones will carry over to ‘different versions’ of the Android operating system due to the Competition Commission of India (CCI) directive. And will prevent these versions of Android. Google makes smartphones and other devices secure because they won’t support the “privacy and user security” features offered by the company.

The company has detailed the issue;

“These new possible Android versions will not support the ‘User Protection’ features provided by Google, so the security of such devices will be the responsibility of the respective (OEMs) Original Equipment Manufacturers. Thus, it is necessary for OEMs to continuously invest heavily every year and upgrade user security features.”

In this case, it is clear that if the cost burden on OMs increases, they will directly collect it from the consumers, the only way is to increase the price of the smartphone.

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