Google: Turkey’s new Android phone won’t be available on Google service

After the Turkish Competition Commission ruled that Google’s contract modifications were unacceptable, Google told its Turkish business partners that it would not be able to work with them on new Android phones to be released in Turkey in the future. In September 2018, The Turkish Competition Commission fined Google 93 million lire ($17.4 million) for violating competition law for its mobile software sales. At the time, the commission ordered Google to reform within six months to restore competition.

Google: Turkey's new Android phone won't be available on Google service

The Turkish Competition Commission ruled on November 7th that Google’s changes to its contracts with business partners, as it had requested, were not enough because the company still did not allow changes to its default search engine. “We have informed our business partners that we will not be able to work with them to develop new Android phones for the Turkish market,” Google said in a statement. The statement added: “Consumers will be able to purchase existing device models and use their devices and applications as normal.” Google’s other services will not be affected. Google added that it was working with authorities to resolve the issue.

Google made the announcement through a Turkish public relations firm, which provided the company’s statement to Reuters.

The Turkish Competition Commission said it had fined Google 0.05 percent of its daily revenue for the breach, which would remain in effect until Google met all requirements. Google could challenge the ruling within 60 days.

After Google’s Russian rival Yandex submitted a document, the commission launched an investigation into Google and ordered it to modify all software distribution protocols to allow consumers to choose different search engines in their Android mobile operating systems. Turkish media had previously reported that Google had shared contact information between Turkey’s trade minister and the head of the competition commission in a letter to business partners, calling on them to put pressure on them to change the ruling.

Google: Turkey's new Android phone won't be available on Google service

In January 2019, the Turkish Competition Commission said it had launched an investigation into whether Google’s algorithms for search and target advertising violated competition law. The commission said the investigation was launched because of complaints that Alphabet’s Google unit “abused its dominance to make the efforts of other companies difficult”.

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