Russian anti-monopoly court orders Google to make changes to Android

Russian anti-monopoly court orders Google to make changes to Android
Google's Android is under fire in Russia for what the anti-monopoly court is calling anti-competitive practices. Google has already been found guilty of the charges and is now being ordered to make some drastic changes to the requirements it places on manufacturers who want to have Google Play services installed on devices.

Russian search competitor Yandex filed the original complaint in regards to Google's rules about how Google Apps need to be preinstalled and featured, and a device cannot have competitor's apps preinstalled, in order for a device to also carry the Google Play Store and Play services, rules that Google has in place around the world. A competitor like Yandex would need to have its own app store (the Yandex Store in this case), if it could not follow these rules. Of course, third-party Russian app stores like Yandex have gotten a bad reputation (deservedly) for being filled with malware, so it shouldn't be a surprise that Yandex wants to be able to offer the Google Play Store along with its own apps. 

According to the Russian court, Google has until November 18th to change its requirements and allow competitor's apps to be preinstalled on devices and still give those devices access to the Google Play Store. It is unclear if Google has any other options in this case. 

It is worth noting that Google has been said to be cutting down the number of apps that come preinstalled on new devices, but that move will likely not help Google in this case. 

source: FAS Russia via The Verge

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31 Comments

1. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Strange all my Samsung devices has their own Samsung App Store, I don't see the fuss. Unless you are forcing manufacturer to preinstall a certain apps against their wishes.

12. vincelongman

Posts: 5677; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Their complaint is total BS e.g. Microsoft Office apps (competitor to Google Docs) are preinstalled in many Samsung and ASUS phones There's too many more to name

13. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

Most of the larger OEMs have their own apps that compete with Google's. Samsung, LG, HTC, Motorola, and Sony all have their own branded app that compete with Google's services. And as you said, many of them have preinstalled apps from competitors. Samsung has done it recently, but they and HTC shipped devices as far back as 2010 with Bing as the default browser, and in some cases you couldn't change the default on those devices. What I think is troubling is that the company in question, as noted in the article, has apps associated with malware. I wonder if that isn't the bigger reason behind blocking them. I don't think there's a platform out there, iOS, Android, WP, BB, etc, that willfully allows malware into their store, let alone be preinstalled on devices.

18. xondk

Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

Because you can't demand preinstalled software because that will just end up being bloatware, if the device producer has some of their own software, that makes sense, but even that can be bloat, if you suddenly have to have 'everyones' software to be preinstalled it just ends up so bloated it isn't funny, as long as people have the option to install said software that should be fine at least in my book.

2. ruwie

Posts: 103; Member since: Sep 25, 2014

Russians should do this too to Apple, why just Google only?

11. DoggyDangerous

Posts: 1028; Member since: Aug 28, 2015

they will not do this to apple bcoz russian ppl love iphone. if apple will stop selling iphone in russia then what russian will do? I love russian girls talking about iphone. They sound so sexy when they speak in english. Their version of english acsend is the most sexy in the world.

16. ruwie

Posts: 103; Member since: Sep 25, 2014

oh, very well said, lol

25. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Because the Apple OS is not free to use. Nor is it sold to anyone. Making it exclusive. And cannot be attacked by the same policy. If you android fans could understand the differences...that would be nice (insert meme)

3. chocowii

Posts: 478; Member since: Jan 30, 2014

It would be better if Grindr and PlanetRomeo comes pre-installed too! #NoHomo

4. Blazers

Posts: 733; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

Russia doesn't make iPhones, unlike open source Android which they use for their Yota phone. If they don't like Apple products, all they can do is ban their import.

6. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Strange that the Russia would want Google permission to install their own junk. Just don't install their junk into my phone!!!

5. wkm001

Posts: 145; Member since: Feb 04, 2014

Just another country extorting money from an American company

10. DoggyDangerous

Posts: 1028; Member since: Aug 28, 2015

true, everyone try to extort money from america. They all are jealous from usa. Name it and they are doing it, either by being friend or being enemy. Russia, china, japan, isreal, korea, india and many more. All are trying to dig money out of usa. But America is not an angel too. She has pro monoply policies and such policies which give it control over most of the world. I hate US patent system. They try to hold and control the technology in the name of propetaeiry rights, so no one can take the benefit out of it, without paying handsome amount. Even poor and starving countries(thats sad).

23. JunitoNH

Posts: 1946; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

So true, Google should stop selling and licensing the OS to Russia. Is not like the sales of Android rival those of vodka.

7. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

Uh oh. Yandex don't play no sh*t:http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=haq3m4Dkz_I

8. pwnarena

Posts: 1129; Member since: Feb 15, 2013

Russia's been going nuts these days. How I wish they become something like Japan. Bizarre but well-disposed.

9. DoggyDangerous

Posts: 1028; Member since: Aug 28, 2015

Japan is great great. I love japan and japanese food and japanese products, same like german products. They pay good emphasis on quality.

17. Michael.Parker

Posts: 273; Member since: Aug 22, 2015

Since Android is open source it does make some sense they're trying to stop anti competitive practices since iPhone is a completely different animal being closed source and not allowing any unauthorised software.

19. insyt

Posts: 52; Member since: Sep 16, 2015

This article is a bit deceptive. The problem is that if manufacturers want to do the sensible thing and install the PlayStore on a device, they are also forced to install other Google apps such as YouTube, Google Now, Google Maps, Google Music, etc. This gives Google an unfair advantage and also bloats devices unnecessarily. What if company like Nokia wants to create a device with Cortana and Here Maps as default? They won't be able to include the Playstore on said device unless they also bloat on Google Maps and Google Now and make those the default instead. This is just a case of Google being a little too greedy. They should be content with the money they make off the PlayStore and allow competition to flourish in other areas such as Maps, Voice Assistants, etc.

20. BRYLYNT

Posts: 89; Member since: Nov 09, 2013

Imagine I bought a car lot with a prime location. At a stop light along a busy highway, my cats are selling fast and I'm making a lot of money. Then little joe cry baby a few miles away with a car lot off of a side street gets pissed and takes me to court and the judge tells me I have to let joe crybaby sell his s**tty cars off of my lot free of charge. That's not right is it?

24. JunitoNH

Posts: 1946; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

I hope you sell lots of cats.

26. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Depends....are you letting others sell on your lot as an incentive of open source lots. And then giving premium lot space to those who sell at your lot, by putting your name plate, service records, maintanence fees and records, and other requirements as a way to play. Lets also not forget that unless you sell on this free premium lot, the chances of you making any money is very slim. Lets also not forget that space is limited, making any alternative unattractive to other buyers. Your car lot analogy sucks and you should feel bad (insert meme).

21. runzlord

Posts: 245; Member since: Oct 13, 2013

Why are theses guys acting like f**ls. How do the expect google to make money? They have giving you android FREE! Then you now said they should remove their apps again? Does it make any sense?? If you hate their apps, then don't use the OS at all!! They can use windows. If I was google I would just ignore them! If they ban android in russia(which they can't) it bad business for them. It does not affect google in any way.

27. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Catch 22 isn't it. I don't agree with many anti-trust privacy. The question at hand is what kind of anti-competitive deals did they run into. I hardly think it was as simple as a playstore disagreement.

32. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

well, EU also complain about ads on google search result, they get the best search engine for free, yet they complaint about this little stuff.. and they'll really screwed if google block search service from their country, people are weird :-/

22. runzlord

Posts: 245; Member since: Oct 13, 2013

Why are theses guys acting like f**ls. How do the expect google to make money? They have giving you android FREE! Then you now said they should remove their apps again? Does it make any sense?? If you hate their apps, then don't use the OS at all!! They can use windows. If I was google I would just ignore them! If they ban android in russia(which they can't) it bad business for them. It does not affect google in any way.

28. Odeira

Posts: 300; Member since: Jun 29, 2012

Meanwhile, Russian forces are preparing to enter Syria and aid the murderous Assad regime who has killed thousands upon thousands of civilians by bombing out anti-Assad fighters more than ISIS terrorists. But we're not talking about it now, are we? Because we care more about Russia bullying Google in Yandex's favour. Russia is smart,...

29. janno

Posts: 144; Member since: Aug 19, 2014

That...actually sounds reasonable. But it should also apply to Apple and Microsoft, not just Google.

30. likha

Posts: 13; Member since: Feb 26, 2015

lol Odeira.... why are you using a phone website to post about war in syria? plus you seem a lot mislead by the media ... those guys being bombed are terrorists that been stealing/ raping /killing/ selling women as sex slaves .. seriously i hope russia kills them all . on a side note USA/France/England all bombed the same ISIS people but of course after they were the ones that provided money and weapon to them. P.S. my house in Syria was burned because i am a christian same goes for the church and the few hundreds that were murdered in the name of god...

31. Odeira

Posts: 300; Member since: Jun 29, 2012

No offence, but are you watching RT and only RT? Because it's practically the world's worst kept secret - at the UN, Russia wants to keep Assad. Okay, I'll stop the discussion on war there. The point is, Russia is merely doing this under questionable circumstances. They could do this to MSFT, AAPL, and so forth, but not now in this tumultuous climate.

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