As far as tech companies go, few are as ubiquitous or powerful than search giant Google (NASDAQ:GOOGL).
As the leading search engine provider in almost every country around the world, Google's search franchise is about as dominant as they come. However, its search stranglehold still has several key weak spots, most notably China and Russia, where Baidu and Yandex (NASDAQ:YNDX) rule the roost.
And, if a recent move by Yandex bears any indication, Yandex plans to maintain its dominance of the high-growth Russian search market against Google.
Yandex vs. Google
It's no secret that Google's Android mobile operating systems has taken the world, especially emerging markets, by storm. And in order to combat the potential threat that Google's Android could have for a market like Russia, Yandex recently announced that it plans to launch its own mobile operating system.
However, interestingly enough, Yandex will base its mobile operating system off a forked version of Google's own Android OS. Yandex's coming mobile OS, though, will help push its highly valued services into where the future of the Russian technology scene is migrating: mobile. In the video below, tech and telecom analyst Andrew Tonner breaks down Yandex's recent move.