Thursday, 22 June, 2017

Google Settles Russian Android Antitrust Case For $7.8 Million

Arkady Volozh Yandex founder and CEO Google Settles Out of Court with Russia Over Android
Javier Burns | 18 April, 2017, 03:03

In Reuters report on this story today they've added that "As part of the agreement, Google will also develop a tool allowing users to choose a default search engine on their Android devices".

Google's two-year antitrust battle with Russian competition authorities is finally coming to an end. Not only is the company being fined $7.8 million United States dollars, but it has agreed to allow the pre-installation of third-party apps.

Google was hit with an anticompetitive lawsuit in Russian Federation over forcing its own search engine as default for Android phones sold with Google Services.

A long-running dispute between Google and Russia's antimonopoly watchdog has now reached some level of closure, as Google has now reportedly arrived at an out-of-court settlement with Russian Federation regarding the tech company's Android OS.

Google settled its dispute with Russia's antitrust watchdog in an agreement that opens the way for local search engine Yandex (YNDX) to be preinstalled on Android devices. The regulators demanded that Google alter its agreements with mobile device producers in order to enable the installation of third-party apps. This included the exclusivity and priority placement of Google apps as well as the provisions limiting installation of other developers' apps and services.

India asks for Kulbhushan Jadhav chargesheet, consular access from Pakistan
Sartaj Aziz, advisor to Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, put parts of the charge sheet in public domain on Friday. Over the past year , the case of Kulbhushan Jadhav has witnessed several twists and turns.

Google would preload its own apps, including the search engine, on phones running Android.

Despite the nature of the settlement, Google will still have to pay a 438m rouble ($7.8; £6.2m) fine imposed after it failed to appeal the case last August. Yandex now holds a 55 percent share of the search market in Russian Federation, while Google clings to a 40 percent share. The agreement was signed for six years and nine months. This widget will prompt users with a "choice screen", where they can select between Yandex, Google, or any other search engine who may sign a commercial agreement with Google for inclusion on this list. I suspect it will have only a limited impact on most Google apps.

"The settlement will have a positive effect on the market as a whole", FAS head Igor Artemiev said.

The search engine giant has often used the Play Store as leverage to stop manufacturers from changing the default search engine on an Android device or bundling competing apps.

Recommended

  • Russian police arrest new suspect over St Petersburg subway attack

    Russian police arrest new suspect over St Petersburg subway attack

    A Turkish security official says the suicide bomber accused of the deadly attack on the subway in the Russian city of St. Russian news agency RIA cites FSB security officials as saying, Jalilov is believed to have been trained by Azimov.

    April the giraffe welcomes baby

    According to The Associated Press, at least 1.2 million people watched the event on Animal Adventure Park's YouTube page. Unlike humans, giraffes are pregnant for up to 15 months! Zoo owner Jordan Patch said both mom and calf were doing fine.

    Tax Day demonstrators demand that Trump release tax returns

    The atmosphere was festive on Saturday at a downtown Chicago rally where a sousaphone band played and rally goers chanted. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) on Friday posted an online video urging Congress to force Trump to release the returns.
  • Doctor prescribed oxycodone for Prince under other name, affidavit says

    Doctor prescribed oxycodone for Prince under other name, affidavit says

    And a doctor who saw him in the days before he died also prescribed the singer with another drug - oxycodone. The suitcase also contained the lyrics for "You got the Look", which appeared to be in Prince's handwriting.
    Christians celebrate Good Friday in Jerusalem

    Christians celebrate Good Friday in Jerusalem

    In the other, we celebrate and give thanks to God for his gift of life to mankind, a gift that saves us from ourselves. Easter will restore us all as God's children to the original state of grace, and Christ will prove his power as God.

    Ex-Syrian army gen.: Assad still has tons of chemical weapons

    Lavrov called on the US not to repeat the airstrikes, which he said were part of efforts to oust Assad that won't succeed. Iran's Mohammad Javad Zarif emphasized that the participants agreed that unilateral actions by the USA were unacceptable.
  • North Korea flaunts long-range missiles in massive parade

    North Korea flaunts long-range missiles in massive parade

    It was the first time North Korea had shown the missiles - which have a range of more than 1,000km - at a military parade. Navy strike group including the USS Carl Vinson aircraft was sent to the region ahead of the parade to monitor activity.

    Syrian deal to evacuate tens of thousands of people begins

    The explosion that took place on Saturday was caused by a vehicle bomb, causing massive damage, a local source reported . The convoy that departed Al-Fu'ah and Kafriya is carrying 5,000 people, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.
    Real Madrid 2-goal hero Ronaldo: Those doubters are in minority

    Real Madrid 2-goal hero Ronaldo: Those doubters are in minority

    Real Madrid on Thursday defeated Bayern Munich 2-1 in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final. We showed patience and we showed the willingness to get the right result.
  • Arkansas Fights On Multiple Legal Fronts To Begin Executions

    Arkansas Fights On Multiple Legal Fronts To Begin Executions

    The judge says he's morally opposed to the death penalty, but that his beliefs shouldn't prevent him from taking up certain cases. If court proceedings are pushed into May, officials won't be able to carry out the executions with the drugs they have on hand.

    Hillary Clinton responds to Syria strike

    Hillary Clinton has called for an independent investigation into the involvement of Russian Federation into the 2016 U.S. She said she spent a lot of time wrestling with the fact that 53 percent of white women voted for Donald Trump.

    Mauricio Pochettino says Harry Kane is one of the best in England

    Goals by Robert Huth and Jamie Vardy put them 2-0 ahead but Palace hit back through Yohan Cabaye and Christian Benteke. Bournemouth is seven points above the relegation zone and closing in on securing a third season in the Premier League.

Pence to open Asian trip amid tensions with North Korea Pence to open Asian trip amid tensions with North Korea Still, it was a reminder that we were 30,000 feet in the air heading toward a Korean Peninsula that is even more tense than usual. US Vice President Mike Pence is headed to Asia this weekend, with planned stops in Seoul; Jakarta, Indonesia; Tokyo and Sydney.

Sai Praneeth enters maiden Super Series final at Singapore Sai Praneeth enters maiden Super Series final at Singapore Once Sai opened a 10-3 lead and held a 11-5 advantage at the mid-game interval, he looked well on course. Srikanth did not relent either and came up with down the line smashes to grab five game points.

Kylie Jenner hangs out with Travis Scott at Coachella bash Kylie Jenner hangs out with Travis Scott at Coachella bash According to a HollywoodLife source, Scott is a playboy and he might not be in it for the longterm. Tyga also attended Coachella over the weekend, but partied separately from Kylie and Scott.

Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails launch mass hunger strike Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails launch mass hunger strike The official number of detainees who are taking part in the strike remains unclear. Now 500 Palestinians are being held in this way, according to Mr Fares.

Trump claims immunity as President in lawsuit Trump claims immunity as President in lawsuit Be proactive - Use the "Flag as Inappropriate" link at the upper right corner of each comment to let us know of abusive posts. Bamberger, Heimbach and a third man, Joseph Pryor, were charged last summer with misdemeanor harassment by Louisville police.

Russia, Iran and Syria issue warning to US Assad said Syria would only allow an "impartial" investigation into the poison gas incident. Security Council trying to evade an honest investigation into that episode", he said.

Meeks shoots, and rebounds, and saves the day for Tar Heels Meeks shoots, and rebounds, and saves the day for Tar Heels It was simply his size and girth that presented the biggest issue for SC , though, as they have no one on the roster to match it. The Bulldogs maintained a slim lead from there and led 75-72 with 12.7 seconds left as the Gamecocks set up a final play.

Georgia cops fired after videos surface of them punching and kicking motorist Witnesses say they were stunned after watching a police officer punch and kick a man in broad daylight during a traffic stop. Smith said Hollins had a previous physical encounter with Bongiovanni during a traffic stop a year ago in the same area.

Wenger says Arsenal faces 'massive' challenge to reach top 4 Wenger says Arsenal faces 'massive' challenge to reach top 4 According to Fabrizio Romano and Sachin Nakrani of the Guardian , Arsenal have beaten Everton to the signing of Schalke 04 full-back Sead Kolasinac.

Russia-US relations at an 'all-time low' following Syria strike Russia-US relations at an 'all-time low' following Syria strike It was an ominous start to Tillerson's visit. "The world's two foremost nuclear powers can not have this kind of relationship". But he said Moscow and Washington had agreed to continue co-operating to try to find a political solution for Syria .

Syrian TV says dozens killed in blast near evacuation buses The buses were carrying almost 5,000 people from Foua and Kfraya, villages in northern Syria that have been besieged by rebels. The deal to evacuate the towns is the latest in a string of such agreements through Syria's six-year civil war.

Every Indian should have a house by 2022: Modi Every Indian should have a house by 2022: Modi Once the customer's Aadhaar number is entered, the app will show the bank accounts linked with the Aadhaar number. However, before availing of the service, users will have to link the Aadhaar number to their bank account.

Clippers clinch No. 4 playoff seed with 115-95 rout of Kings Utah hosted the second game, which was played on February 13; in another low scoring match the Clippers again prevailed 88-82. Since Chris Paul arrived in L.A., only two teams have won more regular season games than the Clippers.

Founding members of J. Geils Band dead at 71 Founding members of J. Geils Band dead at 71 Geils lived in Groton for over three decades, and his love for the town has led to Groton, in 2007, designating December 1 as "J". Geils was found unresponsive at his home in Groton, Massachusetts, around 4 p.m. on April 11, the Daily Mail reported .

Japan PM: NKorea may be capable of sarin-loaded missiles The Dow Jones industrial average fell 0.7 percent to 20,453.25. USA markets will be closed Friday for the Good Friday holiday. The euro was steady on the day at $1.0611 EUR= .