It appears that Google is not the only tech giant having troubles in Russia. According to the country’s Federal Antimonopoly Service (FAS), Apple is guilty of fixing the prices for specific editions of its iPhone 5 and iPhone 6 models at no less than 16 local retail partners. The iPhone maker is allegedly monitoring the pricing at these outlets and then requesting the retailers to increase the pricing if deemed not suitable.
November 18th of this year. This is the deadline date that Russian authorities have given Google to stop preinstalling its own mobile apps on its Android mobile operating system for smartphones and tablets. Apparently, Google has been installing its app on all mobile devices in Russia that are powered by its Android OS, effectively abusing its position as the dominant player in the Russian mobile market, or at least as ruled by Russia’s Federal Antimonopoly Service (FAS) last month. According to this Russian agency, Google has contractual requirements for various phone makers to install Google mobile apps on their devices, but this setup makes it difficult for other players in the industry to compete with Google fairly.
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