Google agrees $7.8 million antitrust settlement with Russian Federation

Russia's main search engine defeats Google in antitrust complaint

As a result, due to refusals in regards to other manufacturers of mobile devices, pre-installation of mobile applications, which is the most efficient app distribution channel, was fully reserved by Google.

Today Google's Android is in the spotlight in Russia.it's being reported that Russian anti-monopoly watchdog FAS and Alphabet Inc's Google have reached an out-of-court settlement in a dispute over the tech giant's Android operating system, FAS said on Monday.

Despite the nature of the settlement, Google will still have to pay a 438m rouble ($7.8; £6.2m) fine imposed after it failed to appeal the case last August.

Google Inc. has agreed to no longer restrict the preinstallation of applications on smartphones running its Android operating system sold in Russian Federation to settle allegations that it abused its dominance in the marketplace, the country's antitrust regulator said Monday.

I also want to thank Google, not only for their cooperation, but also for recognizing the value of openness.

The terms of the agreement state that Google will no longer demand exclusivity for its applications on Android devices in Russian Federation, and will not restrict manufacturers from pre-installing competing search engines or applications. Google will also no longer require Google Search to be the only general search engine that's pre-installed, and it will no longer enforce its prior agreements where handset makers had agreed to any of these terms. The addition of a choice window provides users with the opportunity to choose their default search engine. The fine amounts to 9 percent of Google's revenue in Russia in 2014, plus inflations, Russian news agency TASS says.

Google representatives didn't immediately respond to requests for comments on the settlement.

Within 60 days after the approval of the settlement agreement, all interested Russian search engines will be able to discuss with Google about any potential conditions of their inclusion to the choice screen next year. 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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