Google Ordered To Open Android To Other Search Engines And Apps In Russia

Google Ordered To Open Android To Other Search Engines And Apps In Russia
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Google has so far benefited immensely by making Android inaccessible to rival built-in apps and search engines, but not anymore, or at least not in Russia anyway. After a two-year battle with Russia’s anti-monopoly agency, the U.S. firm has now agreed open up Android to rival applications and search engines in Russia.

Google loses some control over Android in Russia

Under the terms of the settlement, the search giant has agreed to be less controlling about what Android device manufacturers can do in the country. The Internet giant has not only agreed to allow Android phone manufacturers to change the default search engine but will also be paying a fine of $7.8 million.

In a statement, the search giant said it is pleased to announce that it has reached a settlement with FAS and a commercial agreement with Yandex, “resolving the competition case over the distribution of Google apps on Android.” The deal will remain valid for at least six years and nine months, notes Reuters.

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