Russia, Google reach $7.8 million settlement on Android case

Russia, Google reach $7.8 million settlement on Android case

Russia, Google reach $7.8 million settlement on Android case

It will also develop a tool allowing users to choose a default search engine on their Android devices. Google will also drop its requirement of being the only search engine that comes pre-installed on Android devices, and will no longer enforce any existing agreements where manufacturers had agreed to do so.

"We are pleased to announce that today we have concluded a commercial agreement with Yandex and an amicable agreement with the FAS, which meet the interests of all parties", Google said in a statement. Not only is the company being fined $7.8 million Dollars, but it has agreed to allow the pre-installation of third-party apps.

Google has reached an out-of-court settlement with FAS, a Russian anti-monopoly watchdog, over its Android operating system, Reuters reports. The addition of a choice window provides users with the opportunity to choose their default search engine. Plus, "Google will be obliged not to restrict pre-installation of any competing search engines and applications". That's allowed Google to set strict conditions for any phone manufacturer that wants to build a phone with access to the Play Store's millions of apps.

Yandex's chief executive Arkady Volozh declared the settlement "an important day for Russian consumers".

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It brings to an end a long-running battle between the U.S. firm and Russia's competition regulator, the Federal Antimonopoly Service (FAS).

The two-year dispute has now been settled out of court after Russia's Federal Antimonopoly Service (FAS) concluded in 2015 that the tech giant abused its market dominance by forcing phone makers to have Google apps on their devices.

The deal also makes it possible for other applications to be pre-installed on Android devices in Russian Federation.

Igor Artemiev, head of the FAS, said, "Implementation of the settlement's terms will be an effective means to secure competition between developers of mobile applications".

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