MOSCOW, November 13. Russian company “Yandex” has applied to the European Commission requesting to investigate the abuse of a dominant position Google’s operating system (OS) Android in the EU. About it reported in a press-service “Yandex”. The company filed an application in April 2015, but announced it only now.
“In April 2015, “Yandex” has filed a formal complaint to the European Commission to investigate anti-competitive practices by Google in respect of Android in the EU territory. The essence of our claim is the same as in Russia”, – said in “Yandex”.
Prior to that, from July 2014, the Russian company acted as a witness in the case about Android. “By submitting an application to the European Commission and becoming an equal participant in the business, we look forward to the opportunity to comment on the statements from Google and to access material”, – said the press service.
Claims submitted to us Internet corporations are, in the first place, is that Google restricts access to Android competitors that are developing similar applications and services. The company authorizes you to install their app only in Google Mobile Services (GMS) without the possibility of choosing specific applications and prohibits manufacturers who have signed a contract to produce the device at the same time with the package and without it.
In “Yandex” hope that the results of the investigation of the European Commission can influence, including, and on the prospects of the company’s business in Europe. After the FAS took the decision in the case of Google in Russia, Yandex has begun negotiations with manufacturers of Android devices for the Russian market about how to preinstall their apps.
Google under the gun FAS
Earlier FAS found Google violated the Russian legislation on competition within the similar complaints of “Yandex” about the domination of the Andriod OS. According to the injunction, Google will need to adjust the contracts with manufacturers of mobile devices should be excluded from agreements anti-competitive requirements that limit the installation of applications and services to other developers. Initially, Google was supposed to eliminate violations till November 18, 2015, however then FAS has prolonged term of elimination of infringements at the request of the American company until 18 December 2015, Companies in Russia face a fine from 1% to 15% of the turnover of the market of pre-installed app stores for 2014, which includes Google’s revenue from the sale of all of the apps in Google Play, in-app purchases in these apps, music, videos, etc. on the territory of the Russian Federation. The American company can cost a minimum fine, if you fulfill all the requirements.
General Director TelecomDaily Denis Kuskov estimated the annual turnover of Google Play in Russia in more than $70 million.
In addition to the statements of the Russian companies the European Commission is now considering a similar statement from the FairSearch Alliance (includes, including, Microsoft, Nokia, Oracle and TripAdvisor), companies Aptoide and Disconnect that were filed during the last two years. An official investigation was launched April 15, 2015