Google agrees to open Android to competing apps in Russian Federation

Google Settles Out of Court with Russia Over Android

Google Settles Out of Court with Russia Over Android

On September 14, 2015 the Federal Antimonopoly Service recognized Google Inc. and Google Ireland Ltd.as having breached the competition protection law under the complaint of the Russian Internet company Yandex. The Web giant in a statement to Engadget said it is "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". The Google search bar will be replaced with a Chrome widget and Russian search engines will be able to appear on the screen.

The Android home-screen search bar was at the center of a two-year dispute between Google and Russian Federation regulators.

The settlement included Google agreeing that it remove any restrictions in agreements with manufacturers in the country and must let third party applications, including search engines, appear. They are also working on a Chrome widget for future devices. The amount of the fine consists of 9% of company's turnover on the Russian market in 2014 plus inflation. The agreement was signed for six years and nine months.

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.

China warns US, North Korea to cool aggressive posturing
North Korean state carrier Air Koryo offers regular service between Pyongyang and the Chinese cities of Beijing and Shenyang. Rising tensions on the Korean Peninsula could soon result in devastating war, China's foreign minister warned Friday.

In August past year, Russian authorities slapped a 438 million ruble ($6.75m) fine on Google, concluding that the company was "forcing its partners to feature its services". This widget will prompt users with a "choice screen", where they can select between Yandex, Google, or any other search engine who may sign a commercial agreement with Google for inclusion on this list. Russian users didn't have the option of changing to a different search engine on those phones.

At the same time, Google will by no means limit or impede pre-installation of other developers' applications on the users' devices.

According to the regulator, Google obliged manufacturers of Android OS-based devices to pre-install its applications together with Android platform.

"The settlement will have a positive effect on the market as a whole", FAS head Igor Artemiev said.

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