Google agrees to open Android to competing apps in Russian Federation

The company was found guilty of abusing its dominant position in the market for mobile devices running on Android.

The deal was approved by a Russian court earlier today, FAS deputy head Alexei Dotsenko said, adding that it was for a term of six years and nine months.

U.S. technology firm Google has agreed to pay 438 million rubles (nearly $8 million) in fines for antitrust violations in the Russian mobile applications market.

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. It should enable Yandex to reach commercial agreements with mobile-phone makers and expand its share of search on Android devices in Russian Federation, he said.

The FAS Russia imposed a fine on Google for violating Article 10 of the Federal Law "On Protection of Competition" in the amount of 438,067,400 roubles. It also said it had reached a commercial agreement with Yandex that "provides new opportunities for Yandex to promote its search service within Chrome (internet browser)".

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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.

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.

As part of the latter, Google is also developing a tool that will allow users to select the default search engine.

The deal also makes it possible for other applications to be pre-installed on Android devices in Russian Federation.

Users will be able to change settings at any time and choose the default search engine which suits their needs. Additionally, we have developed market-leading on-demand transportation services, navigation products, and other mobile applications for millions of consumers across the globe.

  • Delia Davidson