Google Fined By Russian Regulator
Russia’s Federal Antimonopoly Service has slammed Google with a fine of approximately $6.8 million after ruling the firm has abused it’s position in the market by not making Android accessible enough to domestic companies.
The specific example cited by the regulator was that Russian tech firms and carriers are unable to pre-load alternatives to Google’s search and map apps on the OS.
A change here would go against much of Android long-standing policy of putting Google’s own software apps front and center.
The FAS initiated the case in February after local player Yandex filed a complaint against the search engine giant.
Google has denied the accusations and has told the media outlets that it’s assessing the charges “closely” and will go forward from there.