Google Found Guilty Of Russian Antitrust Violations, Must Unbundle Android Apps
The case against Google in Russia was launched by Yandex, a domestic search competitor that's been losing market share as consumers pick up low-cost Android handsets pre-installed with Google search. If Google makes the changes laid out by the Federal Antimonopoly Service (FAS) in Russia, it would allow third-party app developers like Yandex to get their own services installed on Android devices.
"Our goal is to return fair play to the market – when apps are pre-installed on mobile devices based on how good or how popular they are rather than due to restrictions imposed by the owner of the operating system," Yandex said in a statement.
Yandex would also like for Android devices to present users with a choice of search provider when setting up their phone or tablet.
This is a case that's being watched closely by other countries. At present, the European Commission is also investigating Google's mobile practices and whether it "illegally hindered the development and market access of rival mobile operating systems, mobile communications applications, and services."