Russia fines Google $6.8 million for Android antritrust violation!

12 August 2016 Internet, IT & e-Discovery Blog Blog
Authors: Peter Vogel

Even though “…Yandex retains more than 50 percent of the market for internet search, according to industry statistics”, Russia fined Google because “Google’s rivals had not been able to include their own offerings, like digital maps or search.”  Little surprise that the New York Times reported that Google’s denied of any wrongdoing

…saying that it competes on equal terms with companies like Yelp and Microsoft, among others.

It also says that cellphone makers are free to use Android-based services provided by rivals.

Google does not make money directly from licensing the mobile operating system to companies, but it takes a cut from advertisements displayed on online searches.

The Russian fine may just foretell the future since there are antitrust claims in the EU where Google accounts for 90% of the Internet searches.

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