Russia's main search engine defeats Google in antitrust complaint

Google Settles Out of Court with Russia Over Android

Google reaches out-of-court deal with Russia over Android case

She a year ago claimed Google required other smartphone makers to pre-install its search and browser apps and that it also stopped them from selling devices running on competing operating systems and claims that they were handed "financial incentives" by Google to put only Google's search on devices.

The deal sets a new precedent for the tech giant, which faces multiple complaints worldwide that it is abusing its dominant position by imposing restrictions on manufacturers of Android-based devices in order to protect its share of the online search market. These developments will help Google to fulfill their obligation to "not to restrict pre-installation of any competing search engines and applications".

Google is paying a $7.8 million fine and agreeing to open up its Android mobile operating system to competitor's search engines in Russian Federation.

The Federal Antimonopoly Service of Russia (FAS) announced the approval of a settlement of the two-year old Android antitrust case in Russia on April 17.

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

"Rival search engines and mobile operating systems have not been able to compete on their merits".

Android may be an open operating system, but Google's Android - the version found on most Android devices - doesn't offer as much freedom.

Should the European Union investigation go against Google, it could be fined up to $7.4 billion, the equivalent of 10 percent of its global revenue. Google had been appealing the decision prior to the recent settlement.

Google has also agreed to soon offer a "Chrome widget" that will let Android users in Russian Federation choose a default search engine aside from Google.

In a few months, Google will create for new devices in Russian Federation a new Chrome widget that will replace the current Google search widget on the home screen. Google has "reached a commercial agreement" with Yandex to allow the Russian search company to partner with OEMs.

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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