http://www.ctvnews.ca/sci-tech/russia-google-reach-settlement-on-android-case-1.3372634

Russia, Google reach settlement on Android case

Google AndroidA model displays smartphones with Google’s mobile operating system Android. (AFP PHOTO / Bay ISMOYO)

MOSCOW — 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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