Russia’s FAS announces case against Google’s Android OS after complaint by Yandex

Russia’s FAS announces case against Google’s Android OS after complaint by Yandex

Russia’s anti-trust ruling body – the Federal Antimonopoly System (FAS) - has announced a case against Google's Android mobile operating system, after receiving a complaint from Yandex that Google has been abusing dominance in some of its services offered in the country.

However, no official statement about the case has thus far been received by Google from the FAS. Nonetheless, the company is apparently considering improved ways in which some of its services are removed, or pre-installed in the future, so as to avoid ‘abuse of dominance’ accusations.

According to a Digital Trends report, the issue involving Google’s alleged abuse of dominance in Russia was filed in February this year. The filing of the issue came against the backdrop of a complaint by Yandex, which is a leading Internet Company in Russia.

The Digital Trends report has revealed that the FAS has 10 business days for its verdict in the Google dominance-abuse case, including the company's charges and operation in Russia. Google, meanwhile, has said that it will decide its next moves after the FAS ruling.

With regard to Yandex’s complaint against Google, the Digital Trends report said that Russian manufacturers tried to expand Yandex as the default search engine, but Google allegedly forced the manufacturers to swap. As a result, Google has been dominantly ruling the search arena in Russia, even though Yandex is used by more than 80 percent Russians.

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