Tech giant Google has suffered a major blow in Russia after the Moscow Arbitration Court rejected its appeal in the case concerning the ‘bundling of Google apps and services on Android-based phones and tablets’. The Court upheld the ruling that the tech giant has violated the country’s anti-trust rules.
In September 2015, Yandex, a major search engine headquartered in Russia blamed Google for pre-installing Google services on Android phones and tablets, thereby abusing its market dominance. In the case, the Russian Federal Anti-Monopoly Service (FAS) ruled that Android users should be able to buy a phone pre-loaded with the Google Play store and without any of Google’s other products.
Google filed an appeal against this ruling, for which Moscow Arbitration said that ‘it fully supports the ruling of FAS’ and ‘Google’s actions led to the prohibition of pre-installation of apps of other producers’. Yandex expressed their happiness in the new ruling saying, ‘it is confident in every point of its position’.
With this, Google may consider changing its business model in Russia, else would face huge fines. Currently, Google is also facing an investigation from the European Union, into Android to see if Google abuses its dominant position as a popular OS’. This case emerged in Europe after it was blamed for unfairly favouring its own comparison shopping tool.