Tuesday, December 6

Google pauses enforcement of in-house billing system in India on antitrust directive


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BENGALURU — Alphabet Inc’s Google is pausing its policy that requires app developers to use its Google Play billing system for buying digital goods and services in India, following a ruling by the country’s antitrust body.

Google had previously set an extended deadline of Oct. 31 for developers in India to comply with its payments policy.

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The search engine giant should not restrict app developers from using third-party billing or payment processing services in India, the Competition Commission of India (CCI) said last week, also fining Google $113 million.

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It is reviewing its legal options, as it aims to build its Android and Play services, according to a post on Google’s website seen on Tuesday.

Last month, the CCI had also asked Google to change its approach to its Android platform, slapping another $162 million for anticompetitive practices related to its operating system.

It has come under fire globally, including in South Korea, for mandating software developers using its app store to use a proprietary in-app payment system.

The blog said the requirement to use its billing system still applies for users outside of the country. (Reporting by Praveen Paramasivam in Bengaluru; Editing by Rashmi Aich)



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