Google's two-year antitrust battle with Russian competition authorities is finally coming to an end. "Smartphone manufacturers will also have more freedom to select the apps that they preinstall on devices".
Google would preload its own apps, including the search engine, on phones running Android.
Yandex will now be able to reach agreements with phone manufacturers to have its search engine preinstalled on Android phones, which can slow Google's expansion in Russian Federation and bolster its own.
Should the European Union investigation go against Google, it could be fined up to $7.4 billion, the equivalent of 10 percent of its global revenue.
In October 2015, Russia's Federal Anti-Monopoly Service ruled that Google violated the country's anti-monopoly laws. Google will also no longer require Google Search to be the only general search engine that's pre-installed, and it will no longer enforce its prior agreements where handset makers had agreed to any of these terms.
Under the settlement, the company can not enforce agreements with phone makers requiring them to preinstall Google's apps along with its Google Play store on Android devices and prohibiting them from preinstalling competitors' apps, Russia's Federal Antimonopoly Service said. Google will develop a "choice window" for its Chrome browser on existing devices so that users will be able to choose their preferred browser.
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.
Now the search giant has settled, agreeing to pay a $7.8 million fine as well as allowing phone manufacturers to choose any default search engine.
At the same time, Google will by no means limit or impede pre-installation of other developers' applications on the users' devices. Additionally, we have developed market-leading on-demand transportation services, navigation products, and other mobile applications for millions of consumers across the globe.