Google agrees to open Android to competing apps in Russia


The Android home-screen hunt bar was during a core of a two-year brawl between Google and Russia regulators.

Juan Garzón/CNET

Google and Russia’s anti-monopoly watchdog concluded to settle a two-year-long feud over Google’s Android software.

According to a settlement, that Russia’s Federal Antimonopoly Service announced Monday, Google will stop perfectionist phone makers give exclusivity and priority to a Google apps on Android-based inclination in Russia. The association also can’t shorten competing hunt engines and applications from being preinstalled on Android devices.

The brawl arose after Russia-based hunt association Yandex submitted a censure to a FAS about Google’s practices.

In a few months, Google will emanate a new Chrome widget for new inclination in Russia that will reinstate a stream Google hunt widget on a home screen. The new widget will let users select their default hunt engine on a home screen, either it’s Google or Yandex or another provider.

A Google orator pronounced in a matter Monday that a association is “happy to have reached a blurb agreement with Yandex and a allotment with Russia’s foe regulator.”

Yandex, that is distant smaller than Google, saw a shares burst over 7 percent Monday.

“Today is an critical day for Russian consumers as Google has concluded to take poignant stairs that open adult a Android height in Russia,” Arkady Volozh, Yandex’s arch executive, pronounced in a statement. “Now millions of Russian Android users will be offering a choice of hunt engines on their mobile devices.”

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