Google to appeal Russian competition watchdog’s order on Mobile App distribution
MOSCOW, November 17 (RAPSI) – Google will appeal an order of Russia’s Federal Antimonopoly Service (FAS) connected with distribution of Google Play mobile application, according to the official Google Russia blog.
In February, the watchdog opened a case against Google, which stands accused of using Android mobile operating system for promotion of its own services. The case was opened at the request of Yandex, one of the largest internet companies in Europe, operating Russia's most popular search engine and a website.
Yandex claims that manufacturers have to abide by terms established by Google to gain access to key elements of OS, including Google Play, which is Google's official store for Android apps, games and other content. As a result, Google which has developed OS can set any restrictions, including a ban on collaboration with competing services, Yandex said in a statement.
In September, the FAS found Google guilty of violating the Federal Law on Protection of Competition and charged the company with abuse of dominant market position.
The watchdog also ordered Google to remedy detected violations until December 18.
Google denies the allegations and claims it does not restrict people from installing other companies’ applications, including Yandex, onto Android phones.