Russia, Google reach $7.8 million settlement on Android case

18 April 2017, 02:06 | Myrtle Hill

Russia, Google reach $7.8 million settlement on Android case

Russia, Google reach $7.8 million settlement on Android case

Google has settled its long-running court battle with the Russian search engine Yandex.

The agreement was announced today by Alexei Dostenko, deputy head of Russia's Federal Anti-Monopoly Service, according to Russian news reports.

Google reached a settlement with Russia's Federal Antimonopoly Service (FAS) in connection with the case file against it related to its Android operating system.

Google reported that, in addition to an amicable agreement with Russia's anti-trust regulator, it entered into a commercial agreement with the Yandex company. Under the terms of the agreement, Google will still have to pay a total of 439 million roubles ($7.85 million) in fines.

Yandex particularly took issue with the default search engine stipulation.

The terms of the agreement state that Google will no longer demand exclusivity for its applications on Android devices in Russian Federation, and will not restrict manufacturers from pre-installing competing search engines or applications. Google noted it continues to work with FAS on technical execution of their orders.

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"The deal was approved by a Russian court earlier on Monday, Dotsenko said, adding that it was for a term of six years and nine months".

That means Google won't be able to pre-install apps on phones, control the default search engine or place its own apps on device home screens in the region.

FAS says that Google will have to now allow third parties to include their own search engines into the choice window, and the company must develop an active "choice window" for the Chrome browser which will allow users to pick their preferred default search engine.

This makes the applications pre-installation channel on mobile devices open for application developers who will get equal rights and opportunities to access the devices on the territory of the Russian Federation.



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