Saturday, April 29, 2017

Russia, Google reach $7.8 million settlement on Android case

This Oct. 20, 2015, file photo, shows a sign outside Google headquarters in Mountain View, Calif. Google will start offering “fact check” tags next to some news stories in search results in the tech industry’s latest effort to combat false and misleading news stories, on Friday, April 7, 2017. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)

AP LogoMOSCOW (AP) — Russian officials and Google have reached an agreement to settle a two-year-old case against Google for requiring the pre-installation of some of its apps on mobile devices using the Android system.

The agreement was announced Monday by Alexei Dostenko, deputy head of Russia’s Federal Anti-Monopoly Service, according to Russian news reports.

Under the settlement, Google is to pay 439 million rubles ($7.8 million) in fines and will not limit the pre-installation of third-party apps, the reports said.

The case was brought to the FAS in 2015 by Yandex, which is Russia’s dominant search engine and offers various apps including a popular one for ordering taxis. Yandex’s shares surged 6 percent on the Moscow stock exchange after the settlement was announced.


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