By Megan Geuss
Russian authorities have accused Google of violating the country’s anti-trust regulations by having Google services pre-installed on its Android-based phones and tablets. The Russian Federal Anti-Monopoly Service ruled that Android users should be able to buy a phone pre-loaded with the Google Play store and without any of Google’s other products.
The ruling gives a boost to Yandex, a Russian search engine that competes with Google in key areas. Today, the public company’s stock climbed for a few hours after the news of the decision.
Earlier this year, Yandex asked Russian authorities to order Google to unbundle Google services from Android. According to Bloomberg, Yandex has been losing market share to Google rapidly in recent months. “Yandex’s share of Russian searches fell to 50 percent last month compared with 54 percent in January of 2014, according to LiveInternet.ru, while Google’s share rose to almost 42 percent from 34 percent,” the news outlet reported.