Google has refused to give Android users in Turkey the option to pick a default search engine and threatens to withdraw Google mobile services from the country.

Google refuses to allow users in Turkey pick a default search engine

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Following a country ruling that placed a fine on Google for not allowing Android phone users in Turkey the freedom to select the default search engine of their choice, Google has said that it will not be providing Google Mobile Services to Android phones made for the country.

As such, should the situation not change, new Android phones for Turkey will not have Google services and apps pre-installed.

Android without Google mobile services

Google search competitor, Yandex, had filed a complaint to the Turkish authorities, citing that the American search giant was abusing it’s position as a dominant operator to stifle competition.

After investigations, the Turkish competition board ruled that Google must make changes to it policies. The search giant proceeded to make some changes but the competition board insists that the changes Google made were not acceptable since users still could not pick a default search engine other than Google. Turkey followed that up with a daily fine on Google.

Flag of Turkey: No choice for Android phone users in Turkey
No more Google services for Android phone users in Turkey, says Google.

In response, Google says it will not work with its partners on Android phones produced for Turkey.

One wonders why Google didn’t suspend GMS for Android phones meant for Europe when the European Union slammed the search giant with fines for similar reasons [2]. Google has since acted to give EU users that choice and to make it clear to them that they have that choice.

Why does Google refuse to give Android users in Turkey that same choice? A case of Animal Farm, perhaps? “All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.”

Turkey shares a land border with the EU but its application to join the Union is yet to go through.


  1. Reuters: Source.
  2. Engadget: Source.


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