Yandex announced earlier this week that it had asked the regulating agency to investigate whether Google was taking advantage of the prevalence of Android mobile operating service by blocking contending applications.
A FAS representative was quoted by Reuters saying:
“We have studied the complaint and decided to open proceedings regarding the violation of anti-monopoly regulation.”
The press office for Google’s branch in Russia denied anti-competitive conduct. An email from Google regarding the issue read:
“Device makers are free to install the apps they choose and consumers always have complete control over the apps on their devices.”
The Russian review comes after European controllers were reported last summer to be drafting a possible challenge to Google’s mobile programming business.
Two sources closely connected with this issue claimed that European regulators were preparing for a case against Google. The legal challenge mainly focuses on whether Google misuses the 80 percent market of its Android portable operating system to advertise for its own maps and search engine.
Same sources noted that the European Commission had mailed mobile producers polls asking whether there was any prerequisite established by Google that they are not to preinstall applications, items or services on mobile gadget that rival Google programming systems like its web search tool, application store and maps.
A Google representative had declared a year ago that the organization was devoted to marinating Android open and that anybody can employ Android without Google as anybody can use Google without Android.
Google is under investigation in the United States as well. However, a judge told in December she would need customers suing Google over Android to file more exact details in order for an antitrust claim to move ahead.
Yandex, which has led the Russian market following its launch in 2000, wants to avoid Android telephones from being automatically equipped with Google’s web search tool.
Google has made recent advances on the Russian market due to its famous Android-based cell phones. The FAS investigation also comes as tensions between the West and Russia are at a peak after the Soviet period because of Russia’s support of separatists fighting government troops in neighboring Ukraine.
Russia is also currently enforcing the Data Localization Law which will compel companies to keep collected Russian data on Russian servers. This has led big tech organizations like Google, Microsoft and Adobe to move some branches out of Russia.
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