18 April, 2017
Google will pay 438 million rubles (US$7.8 million) and will stop requiring its apps be preloaded on Android smartphones in Russian Federation, in an antitrust settlement with the country's Federal Antimonopoly Service.
The deal was approved by a Russian court earlier on Monday, said FAS deputy head Alexei Dotsenko, adding that it was for a term of six years and nine months. 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 just settled a lengthy Android antitrust case in Russian Federation.
The deal also includes a fine of 439m rouble (£6.2m) for Google, first handed down in late 2016.More news: Trump, Xi converge on currency, Syria as US-China ties warm
The dispute arose after Russia-based search company Yandex submitted a complaint to the FAS about Google's practices. 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.
A Google spokesperson said in a statement Monday that the company is "happy to have reached a commercial agreement with Yandex and a settlement with Russia's competition regulator".
Google reported that, in addition to an amicable agreement with Russia's anti-trust regulator, it entered into a commercial agreement with the Yandex company. Google will develop a "choice window" for its Chrome browser on existing devices so that users will be able to choose their preferred browser. I am thankful to the Federal Antimonopoly Service for applying the law in a manner that effectively and efficiently restores competition to the market for the benefit of Russian users, as competition always breeds innovation.
This makes the applications pre-installation channel on mobile devices open for application developers who will get equal rights and opportunities to access the devices on the territory of the Russian Federation. Additionally, we have developed market-leading on-demand transportation services, navigation products, and other mobile applications for millions of consumers across the globe.