Last month regulators in Russia found that Google had violated the countries anti-trust rules in relation to the way that Google makes manufacturers install all of their apps on Android.
Now Russia’s Federal Antimonopoly Service has given Google until the 19th of November to change the way it does things in Russia.
Yandex, which is Google’s biggest competitor in Russia complained to the Russian regulators and have now issued a statement which you can see part of below, after the recent ruling.
We are satisfied with the decision of the Federal Antimonopoly Service of Russia (FAS) to recognise Google’s actions, as detailed in our complaint, as a violation of the antitrust law. Thousands of pages of evidence in this case included documents provided by Google, as well as documents provided by device manufacturers.
Our goal is to return fair play to the market – when apps are preinstalled 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. That fact that such restrictions have continually been tightening, led us to filing a request for investigation with Russia’s Antimonopoly Service.
Google will now have to change its contracts relating to Android with device manufacturers in Russia by the 18th of November. As yet there is no official statement from Google on this new ruling.