India’s antitrust watchdog has launched an investigation into Google based on the report for alleged abuse of its dominant app store position to promote its payment service in the world’s second largest Internet market. The Indian Competition Commission (CCI), India’s regulator, said in a notice (PDF) released on Monday that it would review the following demands: whether Android manufacturers highlight Google pay in the process of setting up Android smartphones (and whether mobile phone manufacturers can choose to avoid this point); Whether the billing system of play store is designed to be unfavorable to the applications and users that facilitate payment through UPI. < / P > < p > the unnamed informant said that in addition to the charging system of Google play store, in app purchases downloaded from the play store are also required to support Google pay service, and they need to pay a high commission for this;. Whistleblowers also allege that Google & quot; unfairly & quot; biased search results on the play store to the Google pay app rather than other apps. However, CCI did not investigate the claim on the ground that there was not enough evidence to support them. < / P > < p > Indian regulators quoted the informant as saying that Google manipulated its list of functional applications, such as editor selected apps, user selected apps and top-level free apps, showing a clear preference for its own apps; it supported Google pay by manipulating the search advertising algorithm on the play store. Said: & quot; the whistleblower pre installed Google pay on the Android smartphone and placed it in a prominent position in the initial setup, resulting in the status quo bias and damaging other applications that pay through UPI. < / P > < p > the source pointed out that there are similarities between Apple’s behavior in Europe and Google’s behavior in India, that is, like apple (as described in the European Commission press release), as a mandatory requirement for listing in the play store, Google requires application developers to use the payment system of Google play store and Google play in app bills to Users who buy apps on the store or buy goods / services (i.e. IAP) in the app are charged. And further like apple, Google charges app developers a 30% commission, allowing them to use the play store’s payment system and Google play in app billing, the Indian regulator said. < / P > < p > Google told CCI that Android is not dominant in India and it faces significant competition from the operating system of functional phones. According to research firm counterpoint, 99% of smartphones in India are powered by Android. Google also contested other charges. Google, for example, says its 30% (and in some cases 15%) service charge is not arbitrary. It’s market-based, legal, and competitive, because service fees enable Google to pay third-party fees and support its substantial ongoing investment in play, including the vast amount of resources it develops for developers. < / P > < p > if the allegation provided by the whistleblower is found to be credible, then Google’s practice may violate many provisions of section 4 of India’s Competition Act 2002. Google pay, formerly tez, is one of India’s most popular payment services. It competes with Wal Mart’s phonepe, paytm and a range of other apps. As of last month, Wal Mart’s phonepe was slightly ahead of Google pay in India. The two apps handle about 40% of the transactions on UPI, the payment infrastructure set up by India’s big banks. UPI is the most popular digital payment solution in India. Global Tech

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