After two years of legal battles, Google eventually had to surrender as far as Android in Russia. Big G will allow search engines and local applications to be preinstalled on smartphones using their operating system. In addition, the Mountain View giant will have to pay a fine of 438 million rubles, or about 7.3 million euros.
The agreement between Google and Fas, the Russian antitrust, seems to have satisfied both parties involved. Big G also announced that it had signed a commercial deal with the Yandex search engine, which first denounced the abuse of a dominant position by the US company in Russia. The agreement approved by a Russian court will last for 6 years and 9 months and as highlighted by Mountain View “provides new opportunities to promote local search services” within the Chrome browser.
Legal troubles for Google do not end here anyway. Big G has yet to find an agreement with the European Union for the issue of Android licenses. If the two sides fail to reach an agreement, the Mountain View giant may be forced to pay a fine of over $ 7 billion.