Russia, Google reach $7.8 million settlement on Android case

Arkady Volozh Yandex founder and CEO

Google will also drop its requirement of being the only search engine that comes pre-installed on Android devices, and will no longer enforce any existing agreements where manufacturers had agreed to do so. Google had been appealing the decision prior to the recent settlement.

According to FAS, Google will also have to develop a "Chrome widget" that will replace the standard Google search widget on the Android home screen. "Competition breeds innovation", Yandex CEO and co-founder Arkady Volozh wrote in a blog post.

Google's commercial settlement with Yandex is separate from its legal settlement with the regulator. The agreement was signed for six years and nine months.

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.

The Web giant in a statement to Engadget said it is "happy to have reached a commercial agreement with Yandex and a settlement with Russia's competition regulator, the Federal Antimonopoly Service (FAS), resolving the competition case over the distribution of Google apps on Android".

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. This will allow end users of the devices based on the Android OS with the GMS package to see the new "choice screen" at the first launch of the new Chrome widget.

A Russian court approved the settlement agreement on Monday. The addition of a choice window provides users with the opportunity to choose their default search engine.

"Implementation of the settlement's terms will be an effective means to secure competition between developers of mobile applications", said FAS head Igor Artemiev. Additionally, we have developed market-leading on-demand transportation services, navigation products, and other mobile applications for millions of consumers across the globe.

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