- Google has a won a case decided by an arbitrator to get rights to android.co.in
- The domain was registered to Jing Ren, a Chinese national based in Wuhan.
- Ren earlier also registered tiktok.in and amozon.in.
Google, which supplies Android that powers almost 90 per cent smartphones sold in India, has finally got the rights to the android.co.in. Although, the company is yet to get the control of the domain and currently if you open the domain, you will be greeted by a message saying "no sponsors: Android.co.in currently does not have any sponsors for you." The domain name was registered by Jing Ren, a Chinese national based in Wuhan. He has been forced to give it to Google.
The report comes courtesy Medianama, which saw the order by NIXI (National Internet Exchange of India) transferring the domain name to Google. The arbitrator appointed to ascertain who should own the android.co.in ruled in favour of Google and called Ren an "habitual cyber squatter."
The report notes that Ren was trying to sell the domain name at a price of around Rs 14 lakh ($19,500). Earlier he had also registered tiktok.in and amozon.in and was asked to surrender them in separate cases.
For Google, it's trouble with domain names is not new. A few months ago, the company lost control of blogspot.in, which suddenly became inaccessible to many users in India. A report noted that the company somehow failed to keep an eye on when the domain was expiring and the blogspot.in was snagged by a firm called Domainming. This broke the blog links for many users, although using the dot com instead of dot in helped users access the blogs.
Then, a few years ago Google had briefly lost control of Google.com. This happened for minutes. The domain was expiring and Google had failed to renew it so it was bought by Sanmay Ved, a former Google employee, for $12. But within minutes Google realised the mistake, and its registrar cancelled the purchase and refunded the money back to Ved.