Published: Tue, April 18, 2017
Technology | By Timothy Carter

Russia, Google reach Dollars 7.8 mln settlement on Android case

Russia, Google reach Dollars 7.8 mln settlement on Android case

Under the terms of the agreement, Google will still have to pay a total of 439 million roubles ($7.85 million) in fines.

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.

Let us remind that as far back as in September 2015 the FAS Russia established that Google had violated Part 1 Article 10 of the Federal Law "On Protection of Competition" by abusing its market dominance.

Google's two-year antitrust battle with Russian competition authorities is finally coming to an end.

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.

The Moscow-based company had accused the search giant's parent, Alphabet, of undermining competition by forcing phone makers to preinstall a set bundle of Google apps on Android.

Google would preload its own apps, including the search engine, on phones running Android. Google noted it continues to work with FAS on technical execution of their orders. Google had been appealing that decision until this week's settlement was reached. The amount of the fine consists of 9% of company's turnover on the Russian market in 2014 plus inflation.

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 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. "With choice, the possibilities are endless", he said.

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

"Implementation of the settlement's terms will be an effective means to secure competition between developers of mobile applications,"Â Igor Artemiev, head of the FAS, said in a statement". Additionally, we have developed market-leading on-demand transportation services, navigation products, and other mobile applications for millions of consumers across the globe.

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