The filing was made after the Competition Commission of India (CCI) began reviewing allegations that Apple was harming competition by forcing app developers to use its proprietary system that can charge commissions of up to 30% on in-app purchases.
Apple Inc has asked India’s antitrust watchdog to dismiss a case alleging abuse of market power in the app market, saying it is a very small player in the South Asian country where Google is dominant, a file seen by Reuters shows. The filing was made after the Competition Commission of India (CCI) began reviewing allegations that Apple was harming competition by forcing app developers to use its proprietary system that can charge commissions of up to 30% on in-app purchases.
Apple denied the allegations in its filing to CCI and stressed that its market share in India is “a tiny” 0-5%, while Google is asking for 90-100% because its Android operating system powers most other smartphones. In the Indian market… without dominance, there can be no abuse,” Apple said in the filing dated November 16 and signed by Head of Compliance, Kyle Ander. “It has already been proven that Google is the dominant player in India,” it added.
Apple and CCI did not respond to a request for comment. A spokesperson for Alphabet Inc’s Google declined to comment When asked about Apple’s assertions in the filing, the complainant in the case, a little-known nonprofit group called the “Together We Fight Society,” said Apple’s iOS dominates the market for others. Licensed portable operating systems.
Apple responded to this in its filing, saying that the entire smartphone market – which includes licensable systems such as Android – is one that should be taken into account. Apple also described the Indian complaint as a “proxy filing” in the CCI application, saying that the complainant “is likely to act in concert with parties that Apple has ongoing commercial and contractual disputes worldwide and/or have filed with other regulators.”
The US tech company did not provide any evidence in its filing to support its claim. The non-profit organization told Reuters that Apple’s suspension was “harming the sanity” of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry “without an iota of proof”. In the coming weeks, the CCI will review Apple’s response to the allegations and may order or dismiss a broader investigation. The whole issue if you do not find any advantage in it. Details of the CCI investigation have not been publicly disclosed.
CCI is separately investigating Google’s in-app payment system as part of a broader investigation into the company after Indian startups last year raised concerns.
Apple’s iOS powers about 2% of India’s 520 million smartphones as of the end of 2020 and the rest are using Android, according to Counterpoint Research, though it adds that Apple’s smartphone base in the country has more than doubled in years. past five.
Apple is grappling with similar allegations in other parts of the world. In the United States, it is fighting a legal battle with “Fornite” creator Epic Games over the issue and this year South Korea became the first country to ban operators of dominant app stores from forcing developers to use their payment systems.
In the European Union, regulators last year launched an investigation into Apple’s in-app fees for distributing paid digital content and other restrictions, and companies like Apple and Google say their fees cover the security and marketing benefits of app stores. Apple has argued that the in-app commissions it charges are “not unfair or excessive” and have decreased over time, adding that it charges lower rates from smaller developers.
Only a few big developers, many of which are multibillion dollar conglomerates, are paying the 30% prime rate, Apple said. Competing platforms charged similar or higher commissions as Apple. In particular, Google has charged a 30% commission on its App Store.”
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