Google won't preload its apps in Russian Federation after antitrust settlement

  • Google won't preload its apps in Russian Federation after antitrust settlement

Google won't preload its apps in Russian Federation after antitrust settlement

Under the terms of the settlement agreement, Google will no longer demand exclusivity of its apps on Android devices in Russian Federation.

Google has promised to allow rivals' search engines and apps to be pre-installed on phones running its versions of Android in Russian Federation. The anti-trust case was originally filed by Yandex, who claimed that Google violated Russia's competition rules. Furthermore, the giant tech company must offer a tool that will enable users to select the default search engine of their own choice on Android-based smartphones and tablets.

Prior to this ruling, Google required Android smartphone manufacturers to ship devices with the Google search as the default engine and place the Google search widget on the default home screen, and limited the placement of competing applications on Android devices. Competition breeds innovation. It's our desire to participate in a market where users can choose the best services available.

The $7.8 million fine is roughly 9 percent of Google's 2014 revenue in Russian Federation.

The settlement ends a two-year fight with Russian antitrust regulators.

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Per the terms of the settlement, Google must ditch those restrictions in the country. The FAS Russia, driven by the necessity to eliminate consequences of the violation and to restore competition in the market, agreed to sign the settlement agreement.

We are happy to have reached a commercial agreement with Yandex and a settlement with Russia's competition regulator, the Federal Antimonopoly Service (FAS), resolving the competition case over the distribution of Google apps on Android.

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

"Google will be committed to securing the rights of the third parties to include their search engines in the choice window". FAS said that Google's policy restricted installation of applications by other developers. "The settlement's execution will have a positive effect on the market as a whole, while giving developers additional options for promoting their products", he said.