The risk for Android phones after Google's description of Turkey

Competition Authority, on the grounds that it leads to unfair competition, had fine 93 million Turkish Liras to Google which is technology giant of the USA. After this penalty, Google, if the situation is not regulated, warned would not be given a new license in Turkey, in order to use their own programs.
Competition Authority, due to anti-competitive behavior, had fine of 93 million liras to Google. After that, Google has taken an embargo decision, which concerns millions of people.

The risk for Android phones after Google's description of Turkey

Competition Authority, on the grounds that it leads to unfair competition, had fine 93 million Turkish Liras to Google which is technology giant of the USA. After this penalty, Google, if the situation is not regulated, warned would not be given a new license in Turkey, in order to use their own programs.
Competition Authority, due to anti-competitive behavior, had fine of 93 million liras to Google. After that, Google has taken an embargo decision, which concerns millions of people.

That decision of the Competition Authority

The reason for the penalty for Google was explained as follows: "Because of which is signed with device manufacturers and Google's economic unity, situated in Mobile Application Distribution Agreements, assigned by default to Google search at the points specified with the contract, positioning the Google search widget on the home screen; assigning Google Webview by default applications with through the provisions situated in the Revenue Sharing Agreements that ensure that only Google search is installed on devices, it was decided that there had been a violation of Article 6 of Law no.4054."

Youtube and Gmail may be affected in this situation.

Following the November 7 decision, Google sent a notification to business partners in Turkey, telephone manufacturers and the GSM operators who is selling phones. According to the decision in the notification, as of December 12, it is canceled the license of the program in upcoming smartphones with Android operating system sold on Turkey. By this notification, hereinafter particularly Google Search, Google Play, YouTube, Gmail and other Google applications can not be used in android phones sold in Turkey.

90 percent of the market is Android.

Almost all of these applications are used in all Android-based devices.Every year more than 10 million mobile phones are sold in Turkey and about 90% of these phones are Android devices. If this problem is not overcome, Google applications will no longer be available on devices sold thereafter.

Current phones are not affected

If you already have an Android device, it doesn't affect you. The application covers the devices that will be released after December 12th. We have seen a similar decision with the Huawei sanction during the USA-China trade wars.

Google's latest statement about Turkey :

"In 2007, we started developing Android as an open-source operating system to power the mobile devices of many companies. Since then, as we have invested billions of dollars in Android, we have provided it to manufacturers and developers free of charge for producing devices and experiences of people all over the world.

Our investment in Android makes sense to us, because we're giving phone manufacturers the option to pre-install popular Google apps that enable them to provide useful services to their customers. Phone manufacturers do not have to install any of our services on their devices, they are also free to install competing applications alongside ours. This means that we only earn revenue if our applications are installed and users prefer our applications instead of alternatives.
Today, millions of users connect with friends and do their jobs by using their Android phone, in Turkey. And this creates economic opportunities for Turkish and international manufacturers selling Android phones, mobile operators in Turkey and developers preparing apps, games, and services for mobile devices.

After working with the Competition Authority for more than three years, in August, upon a decision taken by the Competition Authority, we made some changes in the agreements we signed with our Android partners. These changes included increasing the flexibility to a much higher level for our partners to pre-install Google's revenue-generating applications on their devices. However, in November the Competition Authority reported that these changes were not sufficiently appropriate and expressed that these agreements can not operate in Turkey.

As Google, we continue to work with the Competition Authority to resolve this issue as quickly as possible. In this context, because great importance for us with the law to work in a manner compatible and quickly in Turkey, we contacted with business partners in Turkey and have informed themselves that we have to stop approving upcoming models of Android devices.

This means the new device model in Turkey can not be offered to the market with Google services. Sales and operation of existing models will continue as normal. Existing devices and applications will continue to function normally and receive updates. Google's other products and services will not be affected.

We understand the difficulty of this situation for users in Turkey, the manufacturers, application developers and operators. Therefore, we hope to be able to resolve the issue as soon as possible by working with the Competition Authority. "

To summarize; The last statements made in this process, which has been going on for more than 4 years, reveal that the neither Competition Authority nor Google has taken a step back.

If there is one thing that is clear; in terms of the Google, "They will not operate under these agreements in Turkey and will not give new licenses to domestic or foreign producers in Turkey Android device market and according to the Competition Authority, they will not taken a step back at this stage.

In my opinion, obviously without this license in Android operating system phones are also quite difficult to be sold in the market of Turkey.

Attorney at Law Gizem Demir / Güneş & Güneş Law Firm
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