Apple and Google own two of the largest smartphone platforms in existence right now in the form of iOS and Android. Both platforms have their own app stores, which in recent years have come under more scrutiny due to the cuts both companies take and the somewhat restrictive rules that are in place.
Unfortunately for Google, it looks like they have landed themselves in another spot of trouble over in India, where the country’s antitrust body has found that Google “abused” their position to hurt competitors. This is according to a report based on a two-year probe that was seen by Reuters.
If this sounds familiar, it is because Google recently ran into similar troubles over in South Korea, where the country’s regulators hit the company with a $177 million fine for abusing their dominance by restricting Android forks. This is more or less the same issue over in India, where the regulators felt that Google made it harder for manufacturer to use alternate forms of Android, and then also how they “coerced” them into preinstalling Google’s apps on their devices.
That being said, it seems that Google doesn’t view it the same way and in a statement made by the company, they say that they look forward to working with India’s regulators to “demonstrate how Android has led to more competition and innovation, not less.”