CCI demands enforced on Google
As per the CCI’s demands, Google will no longer be allowed to force phone makers to pre-install the company’s apps on Android devices to use the Play Store. The ruling also force’s the tech giant to enable access to the Play Store on Android “forks,” which is a heavily customised version of the platform.
Apart from this, CCI has also asked Google to host third-party app stores on its Play Store. The company also cannot make Android restrict sideloading apps “in any manner.” The Supreme Court has also mentioned that the company has seven days from the point of the ruling to comply with the orders.
How third-party developers have reacted to this ruling
According to a report by Reuters, some Indian developers have reacted to this ruling with content. MapmyIndia is a mapping service that had to compete with Google Maps since 2004. The company’s CEO has said that they were “elated” at the news. Another third-party Android app store platform Indus OS also deemed happy with the decision. CEO of Indus has called the move a “watershed moment” and has claimed that this move will promote the use of its apps. Google has not declared any official statement about how the company will implement these changes within the coming week.
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