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Google Opens Android To Rivals

Google Opens Android To Rivals

Alphabet will open up its Android mobile operating system to rival search engines in Russia as part of a deal to settle a two-year dispute with Russian competition authorities.

Russia’s competition watchdog, FAS, ruled in 2015 that Google was breaking the law by requiring the pre-installation of applications, including its own search tool.

The new deal is for a term of six years and nine months and was approved by a Russian court on Monday. Under the terms of the agreement, Google will still have to pay a total of 439 million roubles (A$10 million) in fines.

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