Yandex is the Russian rival to Google. It is the most successful search engine tool in Russia and owns about 65% of the market share there. The company decided to go to court to conclude once and for all whether Google violated competition rules or not. The ruling was recently pronounced, and it brought bad news for the American party. As a consequence, the antitrust case obliges Alphabet Inc to a $7.8 million payment. Moreover, the company will have to share Android with Yandex from now on.
The Antitrust Case Concerned Pre-Installed Google Apps on Android Devices
The Federal Antimonopoly Service in Russia won a two-year-old antitrust case against Google. The main complaint was that the American corporation stroke deals with all major handset makers. As a consequence, their devices were pre-loaded with Google services only and customers had easy access to Google Play Store app. However, the company will not be able to resort to same business practices in the future.
According to the court ruling announced on Monday, Google will no longer be able to enjoy exclusivity on any device that works on Android. The stipulation is valid only on Russian territory. However, this antitrust case can also be seen as a new precedent that many lawsuits can now take advantage of. The company faces multiple legal fights at a worldwide level concerning the same issue. Industry competitors are no longer willing to tolerate Google’s dominance. Manufacturers should have no restrictions in designing their Android gadgets.
Users Will Get to Choose Their Primary Search Engine Next Year
As a consequence, future tools that run on Android will no longer oblige customers to use Google Search only as their primary general search engine. Moreover, the court urges Google to come up with a “choice window.” This feature is going to ask users which search engine they would like to use as their default on their assets.
Moreover, Russian watchdog grants all interested companies a window of 60 days. During this time, they can contact Google for their search engines to be included in the choice window. The new implementation will be available as soon as next year. The new court decision is also allowing Russian companies to reach agreements with producers and pre-install their applications on gadgets.
A spokesperson for Google underscored a compliant standing of the company towards the lost antitrust case.
“We are 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.”
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