By Olga Razumovskaya

MOSCOW--Russia's antitrust watchdog has given Google Inc. and Google Ireland Ltd. until the end of November to comply with the country's competition laws when pre-installing apps on Android phones, the watchdog told Russian news agencies.

Google has been entangled in an antitrust dispute with the Russian Federal Antimonopoly Service over its practices of bundling apps for its Android platform.

Alphabet Inc.'s (GOOG) Google will receive notice by the end of the week and will have two weeks to comply, the Federal Antimonopoly Service said.

Google declined to comment.

Failure to comply with the order could mean a 500,000 ruble ($7,825) fine on top of the existing fine of 438,000 rubles imposed in early August. The company is already contesting the FAS's decision to fine the company.

In early August the antitrust regulator said FAS and Google had failed to settle the dispute out of court.

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(END) Dow Jones Newswires

November 07, 2016 08:09 ET (13:09 GMT)

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