Google was in a battle with the Russian Government for the past two years for its existence in Russia. There were allegations against Google not allowing installation of any other search engine and many such applications on their Android operating system. There many also allegations raised by Russia’s Federal Antimonopoly Service (FAS) about Google misuses their dominance in the market and restricting usage of any other service provider. Google was found guilty of these allegations and a fine of £6.2 million was imposed on it.
Google was forced to allow customers to have the right to decide which search engine they are comfortable with and allowed to change it as and when they require. Against this, Google ensured that they would develop software similar to the one made by Microsoft which would have a tab to change the default browser. Microsoft was earlier forced by the European commission to provide this tab against the antitrust allegations against it. The initiator to these allegations against Google was Yandex, which is called as Russia’s Google. After this battle, Yandex and Google decided to support each other through a commercial agreement.
According to the commercial agreement, Google will allow Yandex to promote many of their services through Google search engine and Android operating system. The agreement is for a period of six years and nine months and considered a win-win situation for the service provider and service users. This is not the first time Google has faced blows from the national governments for their Android license. Google is currently pioneering in the mobile device operating systems with their operating system and Google Play store application which is a common portal for many application developers to promote their applications.
Google faced similar issues from the European commission in 2016 where it was fined £5.9 billion. Yandex has been happy with the deal but still has complaints against Google related to their search engine having an advantage as a default page. Russia’s Federal Antimonopoly Service (FAS) has forced Google to open its Android application so that the application developers have better opportunities to promote their products and have better customer reach. Alexander Shulgin, head of Yandex Russian operations expected these decisions to have a similar impact and those results were gained in the European commission case against Google.