Russia’s anti-trust authority on Thursday fined Google RUB 438 million ($6.8 million or roughly Rs. 45 crores) after finding it guilty of abusing its dominant market position by forcing smartphone makers to install its search engine on Androids.
As part of its decision, the Federation Antimonopoly Service said that Google’s rivals had not been able to consist of their own offerings, like digital maps or search, in the Android operating system that powers a best part of smartphones and other mobile devices in Russia.
Google isn’t a main player in Russia and a fine of $6.8 million is but a rub for such a highly profitable firm. But these problems are beginning to mount up as antitrust regulators around the world put the company in the firing line. In Europe, the European Commission is charging the company with abuse of its dominant position for similar reasons, saying that maintenance access to Google Play for divided and AOSP versions of the operating system is unfair. Then again, it also has always seemed slightly weird that Google should be thankful to improve its rivals at the cost of its own products -especially when it already maintains AOSP.