Google (GOOGL.O) said on Friday that it will work with India’s competition authority. This comes after India’s highest court upheld an antitrust order that requires the U.S. company to change how it markets its popular Android platform.
In October, India’s Competition Commission of India (CCI) said that Google, which is owned by Alphabet Inc. (GOOGL.O), abused its dominant position in Android. The CCI told Google to remove restrictions on device makers, such as those that required apps to be pre-installed, and make sure its search engine was the only one used. Google was also fined $161 million.
Google lost its case to stop the orders in the Supreme Court on Thursday. It now has seven days to follow the orders.
In a statement to Reuters, a Google spokesperson said, “We remain committed to our users and partners, and we will work with the CCI on the way forward.” The spokesperson did not say what steps Google could take.
“We are looking over the details of yesterday’s decision, which only gave us temporary relief and didn’t make a decision on the merits of our appeal,” Google said, adding that it would continue to fight the Android decision in court.
India’s highest court has said that a lower court, which is where Google first fought against the Android rules, can keep hearing the company’s appeal and must make a decision by March 31.
Counterpoint Research says that about 97% of the 600 million smartphones in India run on Android. Apple’s (AAPL.O) share is only 3%.
Google had challenged the CCI order in the Supreme Court, saying that it could stop the growth of the Android ecosystem in order to prevent the directives from being put into place. It also said that if the directives go into effect, it would have to change agreements with more than 1,100 device makers and thousands of app developers.
Google has been worried about India’s decision because the steps taken seem to go further than those in the 2018 decision by the European Commission. There, it was fined for putting restrictions on Android mobile device makers that the Commission said were against the law. In that case, Google is still fighting the record $4.3 billion fine.
In Europe, Google later made changes like letting Android users choose their default search engine and saying that device makers will be able to licence the Google mobile application suite separately from the Google Search App or the Chrome browser.
Some analysts say that Google will have to make the same kinds of changes in India in order to follow the rules.
Faisal Kawoosa, the founder of the Indian research firm Techarc, said that Google might have to think about other ways to make money, like charging startups an up-front fee to use the Android platform and Play Store.