Google fined $6.8 million by Russia for pre-installing applications on Android OS
World’ leading internet search engine Google has been fined a massive $6.8 million by Federal Anti-monopoly Service of Russia (FAS).
FAS has imposed the fine on Google for pre-installing applications on mobile devices running its Android operating system.
In September 2015, FAS had ruled that Google had indeed broken anti-monopoly laws. FAS was hearing a complaint filed against Google by Russia’s Yandex.
“We have received a notification from FAS about the imposed fine. We will familiarise ourselves with the ruling before deciding on further actions,” Google’s press service said in a written statement on Thursday.
Google is facing anti-trust in the European Union as well over Search dominance as well as its Android mobile OS.
In June 2016, Google was slapped with fresh European Union (EU) anti-competition charges around its advertising business.
The EU has accused Google of obstructing innovation by giving unfair prominence to its own Android apps, especially its search engine, in deals with mobile phone manufacturers such as Samsung and Huawei.
The Android operating system accounts for about 80 percent of the world market for mobile phones followed by iOS of Apple, Google’s closest rival.