Google Apps Drop from New Android Phones on Competition Regulator over Search

Google has warned its business partners in Turkey that it can’t work with them on new Android phones because of a current ruling from its competition regulator over search.

Specifically, new Android telephones will not include Google Mobile Services, including the Play Store, Search, Chrome, YouTube, Gmail, and Maps.

According to Reuters, Turkey’s competition authority fined Google 93 million lire ($17.4 million) in September 2018 for violating competition legislation and gave it six months to make it comply with software sale rules. The authority’s board ruled on November 7 that Google’s new contracts did not comply with its decision as a result of they did not enable changes to the default search engine.

The authority performed a probe after receiving a grievance from the Russian search rival, Yandex, and requested Google to amend its contracts to permit customers to decide on different search engines like google on Android.

Devices previously on the market are not influenced by the licensing stipulations.

The competition authority has imposed a fine of 0.05% of Google’s income per day for failing to offer compliant contracts. Google has 60 days to problem the ruling and has requested business partners to stress the regulator to change its decision.

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