Google announced that they will no longer issue Google Mobile Services licenses for smartphones designed for the Turkish market. This applies not only to local manufacturers but also to all manufacturers of Android-based devices.
Existing models – smartphones that are already purchased and that are still in stores – will continue to work.
This is not related to the trade war between the US and China, the reason is the choice of the default search engine for smartphones. Earlier, Russian Yandex filed a complaint with the Turkish Antitrust Authority, saying that Google had changed the license agreements in such a way that excluded the possibility of changing the default search engine.
The agency sided with Yandex and fined Google $ 17.4 million. The American company later made some changes. but they did not satisfy the Turkish regulator (users still could not choose the default search engine).
The regulator imposed an additional fine of 0.05% of Google’s daily income until the problem is resolved, giving the company a 60-day period to challenge the decision.
According to the local newspaper Haberturk, now Google is putting pressure on the Turkish Ministry of Commerce and the antitrust authority to change their decision on fines.
The regulator also announced preliminary results of another investigation, saying that Google had abused its dominant position in search and advertising, and provided its services to the detriment of local companies. It is reported that in response to this, Google may also suspend Android OS updates.