Russia-based search provider Yandex has filed a request with Russia’s antimonopoly regulator to look at Google’s Android operating system and how Google bundles its search engine as the default on all Android devices and hence discourages healthy competition.
As per a TechCrunch report, Yandex wants the regulator to investigate Google over possible violations of Russia’s antitrust laws as it face a big challenge competing against it for mobile search.
“We believe that device manufacturers should have a choice as to which search provider to set as the default or which services to have pre-installed on the device. Google should not prevent manufacturers from pre-installing competitor apps,” said Yandex spokesperson Ochir Mandzhikov. “This is why we are talking about the need to unbundle Google’s Android operating system from Google Search and its other end-user services.”
Yandex covers 60% share of the Russian market overall and has also made a lot of efforts to expand by working with other players in the market such as Apple and Microsoft to power search in Russia. While, Google has more than a 90 percent share of the European market, and over the last several years its added its dominance in mobile, by way of Android, to its grip on online services.
The app store owners have also filed an antitrust case against Google’s Android-based Google Play store and the company got a call from European Parliament to split its search business from the rest of its operations. Here is Yandex statement in more detail why Google’s bundling is not competitive enough:
“Google’s practices relating to Android have been the subject of investigations and lawsuits in many jurisdictions around the world. Google is the owner of Android, the dominant global mobile operating system. Many believe that Android is an open platform. In reality, manufacturers of Android-powered devices are locked into the proprietary Google Play application store and closed APIs.
In order to install Google Play on their devices, device manufacturers are required to preinstall the entire suite of Google GMS services, and set Google as the default search. In addition to that, device manufacturers are increasingly prohibited from installing any services from Google’s competitors on their devices… The openness of Android is now in a thing of the past.”