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Google’s India Antitrust Fine Stays, With Some Concessions

  • Company ordered to pay $160 million fine within 30 days
  • But some corrective measures sought for Android are loosened
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An India appeals court upheld a fine of about $160 million slapped on Alphabet Inc.’s Google by the country’s antitrust regulator, amid growing scrutiny over the company’s ambition to expand the global reach of its Android mobile operating system.

Yet in a relief for Google, the court allowed some concessions to corrective measures the antitrust regulator had sought. The company can prevent users from un-installing its apps that are pre-loaded on new Android devices. Google will also be free to block third-party app stores from its Play Store and can keep restricting the distribution of third-party apps through other channels, also known as sideloading.