Russia, Google reach $7.8 million settlement on Android case

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FAS, Google to announce decision after settlement agreement negotiations

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

She a year ago claimed Google required other smartphone makers to pre-install its search and browser apps and that it also stopped them from selling devices running on competing operating systems and claims that they were handed "financial incentives" by Google to put only Google's search on devices.

The FAS in September 2015 considered Google in breach of a competition law after the complaint by Yandex of the competitive advantage for Google on Android phones.

In August past year, Russian authorities slapped a 438 million ruble ($6.75m) fine on Google, concluding that the company was "forcing its partners to feature its services".

According to the regulator, Google obliged manufacturers of Android OS-based devices to pre-install its applications together with Android platform. Google had been appealing the ruling prior to the settlement. Russian antitrust regulators also fined the company $7.8 million.

Google will also develop a new widget for Chrome that will allow buyers of new devices to choose their default search engine, FAS said. In a "few months", Google will have a home-screen search widget that will offer up any manner of search providers (yep, including Yandex) assuming they sign a commercial agreement for their inclusion in the query box.

This makes the applications pre-installation channel on mobile devices open for application developers who will get equal rights and opportunities to access the devices on the territory of the Russian Federation.

"Users will be able to change settings at any time and choose the default search engine which suits their needs", FAS said. "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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