Google reaches out-of-court deal with Russian Federation in Android case (YNDX)

Google reaches out-of-court deal with Russian Federation in Android case (YNDX)

Not only is the company being fined $7.8 million Dollars, but it has agreed to allow the pre-installation of third-party apps.

In the early 2000s, Yandex requested the FAS initiate an investigation into Google's business practices, and in 2015 the organization found Google's practices to be anti-competitive and in violation of Russian antitrust laws.

As part of today's settlement, "Google will no longer demand exclusivity of its applications on Android-based devices in Russia", FAS said.

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.

Google will develop an active "choice window" for the Chrome browser for devices now on the market, so that users can choose their default search engine when they next update their system, according to the FAS's statement. FAS had accused Google of abusing its monopoly position in mobile app stores serving the Android operating system.

Pence visits DMZ, sees North Korea's failed missile test as 'provocation'
China's customs department issued an order on April 7 telling traders to return North Korean coal cargoes, trading sources said. Mr Pence said Mr Trump was hopeful China "will take actions needed to bring about change in policy" in North Korea.

Google faces a similar tussle with regulators in the European Union, where competition chief Margrethe Vestager believes it broke competition rules.

While Yandex framed the decision at the time as a way to "restore competition on the market", it came as the search engine's traffic began declining due to the popularity of Android. Yandex now holds a 55 percent share of the search market in Russian Federation, while Google clings to a 40 percent share.

Google also made a commitment to secure the rights of third-parties by allowing the inclusion of their search engines in the choice window.

In addition, Google has promised to develop a tool to make it easy for users to change their device's default search engine.

In a few months, Google will create for new devices in Russian Federation a new Chrome widget that will replace the current Google search widget on the home screen. FAS said that Google's policy restricted installation of applications by other developers. "The settlement's execution will have a positive effect on the market as a whole, while giving developers additional options for promoting their products".

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