Google ordered to change its anti-competitive Android practices in Russia

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The Russian anti-monopoly regulator has asked US-based Internet search giant Google to make some changes to its Android practices in the country.

In September, the Russian anti-monopoly regulator had found that Google is guilty of abusing its dominant Android market position in the country. The observation by the agency was based on the results of an assessment of Google’s allegedly anti-competitive Android practices after receiving a complaint from Google’s Russian search rival Yandex.

In its complaint filed with the Russian anti-monopoly regulator, Yandex had drawn attention to the fact that Google has a rule in place which requires that Android-based mobile devices which ship with the Google Play store should have ‘Google’ as the default -- and the only one -- search engine.

Yandex had asserted in its complaint that Google’s anti-competitive Android practices had hampered the Yandex mobile market share vis-à-vis Google’s share, even though Yandex dominates the vast Russian market on the desktop.

The Russian anti-monopoly regulator has given Google a November 18 deadline to make change in the requirements which it puts on its Android hardware partners. The regulator wants Google to give its hardware partners the ability to pre-install apps from its competitors, rather than pre-installing only Google apps on their Android devices.

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