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A Russian court has upheld a ruling that Google abused its dominant market position in the Russian mobile market, after rejecting an appeal from the internet giant.
In 2015, the Russian regulator investigated Google over whether its Android operating system was unfairly blocking other search engines on Android phones.
Google is set as the default search engine on all Android phones, and handset manufacturers are unable to preinstall alternative search providers.
With Android being the most popular operating system in Russia, accounting for 86% of all Russian smartphones, there were concerns that Google’s practices were unfair and illegal under Russia’s antitrust laws.
The internet giant was found guilty, and Google was told to change how it works with smartphone manufacturers, and allow other search engine apps to be preinstalled on Android smartphones.
Now that Google’s appeal against this ruling has been rejected, it must either comply with the Russian court’s demands, or face stiff fines.