Google settles Russian antitrust case on Android phones

Russia, Google reach $7.8 million settlement on Android case

Google won't preload its apps in Russia after antitrust settlement

The company will pay a fine of 438 million rubles ($7.8 million) and allow Android phone makers to pre-install third-party services such as Yandex, including on the first screen, as part of the settlement approved by Moscow District Arbitration Court, Aleksey Dotsenko, the antitrust regulator's deputy head, told reporters.

Russian officials later that year found Google guilty of violating the country's antimonopoly law by favoring its own services over rivals like Yandex.

In August previous 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".

Google will "no longer demand exclusivity of its applications on Android-based devices in Russian Federation", the FAS said.

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.

For Android devices already in use in Russia, Google will work out a way for consumers to choose a default search engine after an update via a new widget that will be developed, the watchdog said.

Google will no longer demand exclusivity of its applications on Android-based devices in Russian Federation and will not restrict the pre-installation of rival search engines and other applications, Alexei Dotsenko, FAS deputy head, told reporters. This included the exclusivity and priority placement of Google apps as well as the provisions limiting installation of other developers' apps and services.

Russian search engine provider Yandex filed the original complaint against Google. Google noted it continues to work with FAS on technical execution of their orders. Russian antitrust regulators also fined the company $7.8 million.

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

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

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