Negotiate with manufacturers of mobile devices about preinstalling them on their applications began immediately after the decision of the Federal Antimonopoly service in the case of Google, said General Director of “Yandex” Alexander Shulgin.
MOSCOW, 27 Jan. Russia’s largest Internet company “Yandex” following the decision of the Federal Antimonopoly service on the case Google has started negotiations with handset manufacturers about pre them on their applications, said the CEO of the company Alexander Shulgin.
The FAS in September acknowledged Google violated the law “On protection of competition” (abuse of dominant position on the market of pre-installed app stores in Android) and directed the company until November 18 to resolve the violations, which carried a ban of gadgets manufacturers preinstall apps of other companies. The case was initiated on the complaint of “Yandex”.
“We started negotiations immediately after the decision of the FAS. We have been in contact with them (the manufacturers of gadgets — ed.) before, but in a sense, we were “hands are tied,” said Shulgin in a conference call Tuesday.
“We see a great interest with them (producers — ed.) the parties do business with “by Yandex” and the preset applications “Yandex”, but they are a little afraid of waiting for Google reaction. They understand that Google would appeal. I expect that we will be able to say something definite on the possible transactions during the next conference call (on the fourth quarter — ed.),” Shulgin added.
Google is not the first time became the subject of investigations by government agencies. In April 2015 the European Commission has opened an antitrust investigation against Google, which could face a fine of more than $ 6 billion. In 2013, the EC started to consider the complaint of the Alliance Fair Search (it includes, in particular, Microsoft, Nokia, Oracle) on the dominance of Google in the Android operating system. In the summer of 2014 to the case as the witness was brought “Yandex”.
In September, the U.S. government also began an antitrust investigation against Google. The Federal trade Commission and the U.S. Department of justice suspect that Google create benefits for their own services on devices that are running Android, and services, competitors created obstacles.