The regulator considered the steps Google took anti-competitive.
Google Alphabet Inc. was fined Rs 13.4 billion ($162 million) by India’s Antitrust Authority for attempting to hasten the dominance of its Android mobile operating system.
The Competition Commission of India (CCI), among other actions it frequently deems anti-competitive, said that Google has strengthened its position in the market by mandating the installation of its apps on new devices.
Remedial measures will dampen Google’s growth.
According to a statement from CCI, “Google has cemented its dominance in online search, making it harder for alternative search applications to enter the market.”
The CCI’s conclusions and suggested corrective measures are expected to stifle Google’s expansion in the second-largest smartphone market in the world, where Android is the preeminent mobile OS.
The regulator has ordered Google to modify some of its present Android practices, including enabling app uninstalling and letting smartphone users select their preferred search engine.