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Russia, Google Reach $7.8 Million Settlement on Android Case

Russia, Google Reach $7.8 Million Settlement on Android Case

FAS ruled in 2015 that Google was exploiting its dominance in the country by mandating the pre-installation of certain applications on mobile devices using Android.

Under the settlement, Google is to pay 439 million rubles (USD 7.8 million) in fines and will not limit the pre- installation of third-party apps, the reports said.

Google will also develop a new widget for Chrome that will allow buyers of new devices to choose their default search engine, FAS said.

Under the settlement, Google can not stop smartphone makers from pre-installing competing search engine apps on their devices. The company is dropping its demand for services exclusivity with no restrictions on the install of competing applications and search engines. The company has about 55 percent market share in Russian search versus Google's 40 percent, according to researcher LiveInternet.

Alphabet Inc.'s Google settled its dispute with Russia's antitrust watchdog in an agreement that opens the way for local search engine Yandex NV to be pre-installed on Android devices.




A long-running dispute between Google and Russia's antimonopoly watchdog has now reached some level of closure, as Google has now reportedly arrived at an out-of-court settlement with Russian Federation regarding the tech company's Android OS. The amount of the fine consists of 9% of company's turnover on the Russian market in 2014 plus inflation.

The Android home-screen search bar was at the center of a two-year dispute between Google and Russian Federation regulators.

Google will also develop a new Chrome widget for new devices as a replacement for the standard Google search widget on the home screen.

Apart from restoring conditions for competition in the market of mobile applications, the implementation of the settlement will enable consumers to buy devices with the software that better corresponds to their expectations.

"Users will be able to change settings at any time and choose the default search engine which suits their needs", FAS said.

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