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Russia Says Google Is Abusing Android's Dominant Market Position

Tuesday Sep 15th 2015 by Developer.com Staff

Officials say the company should not be bundling Google apps with the Android operating system.

Russia's Federal Antimonopoly Service (FAS) has ruled that Google is abusing its market dominance by requiring smartphone manufacturers to pre-install Google apps on Android devices. The agency is sending a complete copy of the ruling to Google and requesting that it "terminate abuse of dominant position."

The antimonopoly case was launched by a Russian firm called Yandex. Unsurprisingly, the firm hailed the ruling, saying, "We believe the FAS decision will serve to restore competition in the market."

When asked to comment, a Google spokesperson told the BBC, "We haven't yet received the ruling. When we do, we will study it and determine our next steps."

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