Google, which supplies Android that powers nearly 90% of smartphones sold in India, has finally gotten the rights to the android.currency. Although the company has yet to gain control of the domain and at the moment if you open the domain, you will be greeted with a message saying “no sponsor: Android.co.in currently has no sponsor for you”. The domain name was registered by Jing Ren, a Chinese citizen based in Wuhan. He was forced to give it to Google.
The report comes courtesy of Medianama, who saw an order from NIXI (National Internet Exchange of India) to transfer the domain name to Google. The referee in charge of ascertaining who should own the android.co.in came out in favor of Google and called Ren a “regular cyber squatter”.
The report notes that Ren was looking to sell the domain name at a price of around Rs 14 lakh ($ 19,500). He had also previously registered tiktok.in and amozon.in and was asked to deliver them in separate cases.
For Google, the problems with domain names aren’t new. A few months ago, the company lost control of blogspot.in, which suddenly became inaccessible to many users in India. One report found that the company somehow failed to keep an eye on the domain expiration and blogspot.in was caught by a company called Domainming. This broke blog links for many users, although using dot com instead of dot in helped users access blogs.
Then, a few years ago, Google 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 realized the mistake and its registrar canceled the purchase and refunded the money to Ved.
Google won an arbitration case against a Chinese citizen who registered android.co.in even though the company has yet to gain control of the domain.
- Google won a case decided by an arbitrator to get the rights android.currency
- The domain was registered by Jing Ren, a Chinese citizen based in Wuhan.
- Ren previously also registered tiktok.in and amozon.in.