Google falls foul of Russian competition watchdog

first_img Russia accused Google of “abusing market dominance” in its Android activities, following a complaint from domestic search giant Yandex.The Federal Antimonopoly Service (FAS) case concerned availability of the Google Play app store to vendors only as part of a package including other Google products, with mandatory positioning on device homepages.It said that actions taken by the company also resulted in “prohibiting pre-instalment of applications of vendors”.While Android is essentially open-source, the key apps and services which are built on top are not. And in order to gain access to key apps such as Google Maps or the Google Play store, vendors need to enter into an agreement with the search giant which includes conditions related to app preinstallation and positioning.Yandex has offered its own take on Android, with its apps and services replacing those of Google, and with vendors named as supporters. However, it was subsequently reported that these device makers had come under pressure from Google not to support the alternative offering.Although Yandex still has a 57.3 per cent share of the Russian search market (according to the company’s Q2 2015 figures), this has been on the slide due to the increasing use of mobile search which, on Android devices, has given Google a boost.Google is also subject to an EU investigation into whether its Android activities breached antitrust rules. It was reported that Yandex had been contacted as part of the process.Violations of the clause in question can lead to fines “from one hundredth to fifteen hundredths of the income gained by the violator from selling goods (works, services) on the market where the violation was committed”.FAS has terminated one investigation, related to unfair competition, due to the absence of violations of the antimonopoly law in the actions analysed during the investigation. Related AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 15 SEP 2015 Author Previous ArticleQualcomm pushes LTE/Wi-Fi convergence on Snapdragon 820Next ArticleEE aims to turn around complaint-ridden broadband service AndroidFASGoogleRussiaYandex HomeDevicesNews Google falls foul of Russian competition watchdog Steve works across all of Mobile World Live’s channels and played a lead role in the launch and ongoing success of our apps and devices services. He has been a journalist…More Read more center_img Tags Apple tipped for Russian app first Steve Costello Google refreshes Nest Hub Devices Google taps retail with NYC storelast_img read more

FTC fine provision hits Facebook profit

first_img Facebook trials feature to connect neighbours Previous ArticleNokia bemoans intense 5G competition after weak Q1Next ArticleVodafone, Orange extend Spanish pact to 5G FacebookQ1 earnings AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 25 APR 2019 Apps Author Saleha joined Mobile World Live in October 2014 as a reporter and works across all e-newsletters – creating content, writing blogs and reports as well as conducting feature interviews…More Read more HomeAppsNews FTC fine provision hits Facebook profitcenter_img Saleha Riaz Related Facebook set aside $3 billion to cover an expected fine from the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) related to its user data practices, which more than halved its Q1 profit.In a statement, the company explained it took the step as a precaution, noting the “matter remains unresolved, and there can be no assurance as to the timing or the terms of any final outcome”.“We estimate that the range of loss in this matter is $3 billion to $5 billion,” it added.Such a penalty would likely be the largest-ever against a major US tech company by a domestic regulator and the biggest privacy-related fine in FTC history, The Wall Street Journal said.The action relates to a 2018 probe by the FTC into whether Facebook had violated the terms of an agreement struck with the authority in 2012, where it pledged to not collect and share personal data without users’ consent.Referring to the numerous privacy issues which have plagued the company, COO Sheryl Sandberg said on an earnings call that “a key part of earning back trust is increasing transparency. That starts with our products, which should be as easy to understand as they are to use”.CEO Mark Zuckerberg added: “We are focused on building out our privacy-focused vision for the future of social networking”.ImpactAs a result of the provision, Facebook’s Q1 net income was down 51 per cent year-on-year to $2.4 billion. Revenue of $15 billion was up 26 per cent, with $14.9 billion of the total from advertising.Mobile ad revenue grew 30 per cent to $13.9 billion, comprising approximately 93 per cent of total advertising turnover.Daily active user numbers hit 1.56 billion, up 8 per cent over Q1 2018, led by growth in India, Indonesia and the Philippines. Subscribe to our daily newsletter Back Tags Facebook to pay News Corp for Australia content Facebook continues content crusadelast_img read more