21 June, 2021

His Search Umbrella | By Prasanto K. Roy

The Google mothership enters into a bit of a storm. It’s a tough course from here. How shall the calm captain fare?

Photograph by Jitender Gupta
His Search Umbrella | By Prasanto K. Roy

As India turns 71 next week, Outlook zeroed in on 21 individuals who have made a lasting impression on this country – for both good and bad – so far in the 21 st century. And we got 21 equally important personalities to write on the 21 individuals we chose.

In this column, Prasanto K. Roy writes on Sundar Pichai.


It’s a rough patch for Sundar Pichai, steering Google through its ‘Microsoft moment’ as many are calling the crisis facing the global tech giant now. Google was hit with a record $5 billion fine by the EU in July for breaking antitrust laws. The European Commission says Google abuses its Android market dominance by forcing phone-makers to pre-install ‘Search’ and Chrome along  with Android, if they want a Play Store licence; that it pays manufacturers and mobile operators to install only Google Search on their phones and that it prevents them from using alternative versions or ‘forks’ of Android. Through...

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