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Google Has Lost Anti-Monopoly Appeal in Russia

     
6:42 pm on Mar 14, 2016 (gmt 0)

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A Russian judge has upheld a ruling that its Federal Antimonopoly Service (FAS) said Google had abused its dominance and broken anti-monopoly legislation.

Yandex was one of the main parties involved in this over the search aspect of the bundling of Google's apps.

In course of the case proceedings, the Commission of the FAS Russia found that Google provided mobile devices manufacturers with Google play app store for pre-installation on Android OS mobile devices adopted for the Russian Federation. Conditions of app store provision include obligatory pre-installation of Google apps as well as its searching engine and their obligatory location on the main screen of a mobile device.

Google actions led to prohibition of pre-installation of apps of other producers. Google Has Lost Anti-Monopoly Appeal in Russia [venturebeat.com]


This could have implications over the unbundling of Google Android apps in other markets, too.
6:34 am on Mar 15, 2016 (gmt 0)

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Yandex complained that by forcing Android owners onto the Play store and other Google hardware, the Chocolate Factory was able to get an unfair advantage in the market over the Yandex search application, and it filed a complaint with the FAS. After an investigation, the FAS concluded that Google indeed violated monopoly laws.

[theregister.co.uk...]
That walled garden might not be so walled any longer. Wonder when AMP will face a challenge?
 

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