Yandex is the search engine that is frequently referred to as the “Google of Russia,” but right now the company is taking on the real Google. The Russian company filed a request with the Federal Antimonopoly Service of Russia to investigate Google’s actions when it comes to Android devices. While Google owns Android – their actions when it comes to the software that is set as “default,” or pre-installed has raised some serious questions before in other countries. However, this is the first time in recent memory that Google has been outright questioned by Russia, or investigated on this front.
The information that is at the heart of the Yandex complaint is that Google bundles too much software and too many apps with their Android devices. Ultimately, it sets a standard – creates a lack of choice, and eliminates small third-party developers from taking advantage of the open nature of Android. Many have argued that while iOS is very clear about who can, and cannot develop applications – Google on the other hand tricks users into believing that what they’re using is friendly to third-parties. When it reality that simply is not the case.
Yandex as a search engine holds up steady numbers. While they’re not Google-caliber, they aren’t bad numbers by any means. 60% of the market in Russia is dominated by Yandex, whereas on Android device that figure sits around 44%.
This though isn’t anything new for Google. As far as having legal action brought against them. In fact, they’re facing complaints in the United States and Europe as well for their actions as a monopoly as well. It wasn’t that long ago that Europe was working to force Google to break up or face the consequences.
Google will continue to face litigation and complaints like this as long as they continue on the trajectory that they are on. As with any company that grows, the lines do eventually become blurred between operations – when as many are running simultaneously – as they are now. As they blend and work together – more individuals and businesses are likely to call foul through the process.