Google agrees to open Android to competing apps in Russia2017-04-18 10:55 by Daniela
Google and the Russian anti-monopoly watchdog FAS have reached an out-of-court settlement in a dispute over the company's Android operating system.
The dispute started two years ago when Russia's largest search provider, Yandex, filed a complaint against Google for what it believed were anti-competitive practices. Yandex claims that Google abuses its dominant position by imposing restrictions on manufacturers of Android-based devices in order to protect its share of the online search market.
As a result of the settlement, Google will no longer demand exclusivity of its applications on Android-based devices in Russia and will not restrict the pre-installation of rival search engines and other applications.
In accordance with the final commitment, Google will develop "a new Chrome widget that will replace the standard Google search widget on the home screen." This will expose a new "choice screen" enabling users to choose any of several search engines from "developers who will sign a commercial agreement on their inclusion to the choice screen."
"We are pleased to announce that we have now reached a commercial agreement with Yandex and a settlement with FAS that meets the interests of all parties," Google said in a statement.
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