By of information Reuters, Google warned its partners in Turkey that it no longer plans to pre-install its services on Android smartphones.
The fact is that in the fall of 2018, local antitrust authorities fined Google $ 17.4 million for violating antitrust laws in connection with the sale of mobile software. Then the company is six months away to eliminate the violation. In particular, Google was obliged to revise software distribution agreements and allow users to choose their own search engines in Android. Interestingly, the reason for all this was the complaint filed by Yandex to the Turkish antitrust authorities.
A year passed, and Google did make changes to its agreements, but the Turkish regulator considered them insufficient, as they still did not allow the possibility of changing the default search engine. Also, a fine in the amount of 0.05% of daily revenue continues to be applied to the company, which is valid until the violation is eliminated. The company has 60 days to challenge this.
According to the Turkish publication Haberturk, in a letter addressed to partners, Google also sent them the contact details of the Turkish Minister of Commerce and the head of the antimonopoly department, calling for pressure on the latter to change the situation.