A Russian court has decided that the US search outfit Google has been playing monopoly in Russia and if it does not totally scrap its business model it will have to take its Andriod phones off the market.
The court said that the ad giant had violated the country’s anti-trust rules by having its services bundled on Android-based devices.
Russian search outfit Yandex brought a successful complaint against Google pre-installing its products on Android phones and tablets. At the time, the Russian Federal Anti-Monopoly Service (FAS) ruled that users of Google’s operating system shouldn’t be lumped with the ad and search giant’s other services.
Since this tiggers Google’s whole Android business model it could result in those phones being removed from sale in Russia. Apple
Moscow’s Arbitration Court chucked out Google’s appeal against that ruling, and said that it “fully supports” the earlier FAS decision. “Google’s actions led to prohibition of pre-installation of apps of other producers,” it added.
Google will now be required to change its business practices with smartphone makers in Russia, or else face a fine if it fails to adhere to the ruling.
But things could get worse for Google. The EU is also looking into complaints from from competition officials in Brussels over the company’s Android OS.