Google gets slapped with a $6.8M fine in Russia for abusing its market position with Android

Google gets slapped with a $6.8M fine in Russia for abusing its market position with Android
Earlier today, Google has been slapped with a $6.8 million fine by Russia's Federation Antimonopoly Service after the antitrust body found that the search engine giant has unfairly abused its market position with Android, the world's most popular mobile operating system.

Google's problems in Russia started last year when Yandex, the Russian search engine that claims the lion's share of the market in the country, filed a complaint against Google for an unfair treatment of its services. Long story short, Yandex wants to be able to preload its own apps - such as search and maps/navigation apps - on Android-running smartphones sold in Russia.

Here's what Google officials had to say on the matter in a statement issued to the New York Times:


A fine of $6.8M is only a drop in the pond for Google, which has raked in a revenue of about $75 billion last year. However, this new fine from the FAS is just the latest in a series of similar antitrust and anticompetitive allegations that Google is facing around the world.

Back in April, the EU found that Google is unfairly using its mobile OS to promote its apps and services over competing ones. The same EU officials are also investigating Google over claims that the Android maker's decision to refuse access to Google Play for devices running forked and AOSP versions of Android is an abuse of its market position.

Google offers Android for free to device manufacturers but imposes certain restrictions on the apps that come preloaded on these devices. Device makers are free to tinker with software that Google provides as part of the Android Open Source Project, but Google does not allow AOSP-based devices to access Google Play, the official Android app market.

source: FAS via The New York Times

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23 Comments

1. jove39

Posts: 2146; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

In reality it seems...Russia & Yandex are harassing Google. To be fair...since iOS and Android are dominant mobile platforms...did Yandex filed similar case against Apple's iOS? Because Apple preload their OS with Apple's apps? I call this bulls**t.

6. bobby84

Posts: 595; Member since: May 13, 2016

How can Apple do it and get away with it?

13. vincelongman

Posts: 5688; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Russia/Yandex probably went after Android because Android has at least 70% of the market share in Russia

18. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

At least they didn't banned Google play store and all forms of Google services like in China. I just can't wrap my head on what they are accusing Google on. Every Android OEM phone come with a s**t load of bloat ware. Some even remove the Android branding all together like Amazon.

21. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

Forked Android, which do not feature Google's Apps, are not legitimate to access the Play Store!

7. therealestmc

Posts: 679; Member since: Jul 23, 2012

Except Apple is way far behind google in terms of market share. Apple is a closed OS.

2. EC112987

Posts: 1215; Member since: Nov 10, 2014

Oh Russia smh

3. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Lol, what goes around comes around. This is what happens when Google abuses their monopolistic powers.

4. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Did you even read the case? Of course not. Specially it says, Yandex wanted to have its apps and search option preloaded on Android phones sold in Russia. Under Google, present term and conditons for OEM using android,onlyGoogle own services can be preloaded, or similar if the OEm of said phone also offers its own services, which is why OEM's like Samsung can also offer services that are similar to Google own. Yandex is not an OEM or a equipment manufacturer, so thus Google does not have to allow a 3rd party to install their crap onto an Android phone. Looks like a which hunt. But you're a android hater as we know, so its good new to you. It isn't even bad news, accept for Google. If I was Google, I'd tell Russia, shove this fond up your ass and pull all of Google's phones out of Russia. Russia has been hell bent on US matter lately. Even our Russian relations have gone down due to Putin being an ass.

11. Mxyzptlk unregistered

I didn't read your essay.

19. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

iPhone is yesterday news with yesterday tech. Only the S crowd would part with that amount of money to get their choices restricted and bargain options removed.

10. tedkord

Posts: 17348; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Must have been a small offense. $393 million less than certain other companies paid out for abusing their monopolistic power. Herp.

12. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Tedkord deflecting, as usual.

16. tedkord

Posts: 17348; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

I figured I'd try your tactic for once. It was simple, understandably.

17. Mxyzptlk unregistered

A simple response from a simple-minded individual, understood.

5. bobby84

Posts: 595; Member since: May 13, 2016

Why can Apple preload their on apps and services, but Google can't? I don't see anything different, some android phones even come with other third party software apple doesn't have any preloaded. In fact Apple apps aren't as good as Googles version. Apple even goes as far as to hijack your data so it will be a pain to leave the platform. So I don't see anything wrong with it.

14. Awalker

Posts: 1976; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

Google only preloads their apps and services on Nexus devices. If Google apps and services are preloaded on any other device then the phone manufacturer put it there, not Google. No Google app or service is required for Android to work or for any manufacturer to use Android.

8. MartyK

Posts: 1043; Member since: Apr 11, 2012

Wow! That's like telling Avtovaz to preload Ford products.. I'm sorry, I don't get it. Plus Russia seem like a great country

9. tedkord

Posts: 17348; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

In Russia, you don't abuse system. System abuses you.

15. Marslander

Posts: 160; Member since: Jan 08, 2015

Google: "Lets see...$6.8 million? Yeah I think I got that in pocket."

20. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

give them (and other troublesome countries) google-less android (just like china).. and watch them realize that they need google and put some work to install playstore, maps, and other.. lol..

22. cytyler

Posts: 24; Member since: Sep 27, 2015

If thats the case... sue Microsoft for making IE and their apps compulsory in all Windows...

23. joevsyou

Posts: 1091; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

these type of lawsuits are completely stupid and are just money grabs, If you don't like android than make your own... It's like microsoft getting sued because IE was default​ browser for windows...

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