apple: Apple asks CCI to drop app market case, cites low share

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NEW DELHI: Apple has asked the Competition Commission of India (CCI) to throw out a case alleging abuse of market power in the apps space, saying it is too small a player in India, where Google is dominant, a filing seen by Reuters shows.
The filing was made after the antitrust watchdog started reviewing allegations that Apple hurts competition by forcing app developers to use its proprietary system, which can charge commissions of up to 30% on in-app purchases.
Apple denied the allegations in its filing to the CCI and stressed that its market share in India is an “insignificant” 0-5%, while Google commands 90-100% as its Android operating system (OS) powers most other smartphones. “Apple is not dominant in the Indian market … Without dominance, there can be no abuse,” Apple said in the submission dated November 16, which was signed by its chief compliance officer Kyle Andeer.
Apple and the CCI did not respond to a request for comment. A spokesperson for Google declined to comment.

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