Google Investigated in Russia for AntiTrust
Google had been under fire for antitrust investigation previously in the European Union. It seems that they are facing another antitrust claims from Russia now. According to The Guardian, Russia’s antitrust agency is investigating a complaint on Google’s Android OS. Yandex, a Russian-owned competitor of Google, has filed the complaint. Yandex controls more than half of the search traffic in Russia, whereas Google controls only about a quarter. However, Android’s popularity gave a strong fight to scare Yandex.
Allegedly, Android gives Google Search and other apps unfair advantages by not allowing pre-installed version of competing apps on Android phones. In a test, Android phones on Russian carriers were unable to pre-install Yandex’s own apps.
This is not the first time that Google is under the claims of antitrust laws. The current case in European Union is still going on, but the situation is unclear. Similarly in U.S., Google had some complaints as well. However, it was dismissed by the federal judges in U.S. Perhaps Android’s open-source nature makes it more difficult target.
Source: The Verge