Google has reached an out-of-court settlement with the Federal Antimonopoly Service of the Russian Federation and will open up Android to competing search engines and applications in Russia.
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Google, and its parent company Alphabet, has found itself in hot water with regulators once again. Russian authorities found the Android-maker abused its market position by being anti-competitive.
The Russian government wants to force US technology companies like Apple and Google to pay taxes on apps and services sold online. It also wants to ban Windows from government machines.
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Google must change its default and bundled app agreements with Android hardware producers by mid-November, following a new ruling by Russia's antitrust body that says its practices are uncompetitive.
Google was recently seen abusing its power in Russia, by forcing OEMs to pre-install Google services, as well as preventing the installations of third-party products such as competitor Yandex.
Bing has been surpassed in global search engine rankings, falling to the #5 spot as Russia's Yandex soars into 4th pace. Unsurprisingly Google still retains place #1 with over 65% market share
Russia and Turkey are receiving a different default engine to most WP8 handsets, with Yandex coming as standard on both. The partnership could help gain some control for Yandex within Turkey.
Apple is partnering with Yandex to use the Russian search giant's APIs in its new in-house Maps app, and is said to be discussing making Yandex the default search provider for Russian iOS devices.
Although Google has been the default search engine on popular web-browser Firefox's search bar (located right next to the address bar) for as long as many can remember, Russian users will soon find a new...