Russian Watchdog Forced Google to Allow Rival Search Engines on Android Added: Wednesday, April 19th, 2017
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A 2-year battle with Russian authorities has been settled by Google for $7.8m, and the company will also have to open up Android to rival search engines and apps in the country. This is a new precedent for Google, which has not permitted the pre-installation of rival search engines and certain apps on to Android until now. Couple years ago, Russia’s competition authority ruled that Google was breaking the law and abusing its dominant position through restrictions on third-party manufacturers.
The Federal Antimonopoly Service of Russia said that the Android maker mustn’t demand exclusivity of its apps on Android devices sold in the country and cannot restrict the pre-installation of rival search engines and other apps. The tech giant will also have to develop a tool enabling users to choose the default search engine. The European Commission forced Microsoft put a similar measure in place for browser choice on Windows.
Russian search engine Yandex, the most popular in the country, was the one who filed the original complaint. Now Yandex and Google have reached a commercial agreement that would allow Yandex to promote its search service within Google’s Chrome. The deal is for a term of 6 years and 9 months and was approved by a Russian arbitration court. However, Google will still have to pay about $7.8m in fines.
It must be mentioned that a year ago, the European Commission filed charges against Google for abusing its dominant position with Android. This investigation can carry fines up to 10% of Google’s global revenue. While the company denied the charges, the Russian settlement may have a knock-on effect on Google’s battle with the EC.
Wednesday, April 19th, 2017
|Ah, no big surprise the "Don't be evil" Android OS, is in trouble yet again!|
“Men occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of them pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing ever happened.”
|They provide there OS open and free yet people still find a reason to complain.|
|A cynical skeptic would say "Beware" of the correct definition of "free" and "open source".|
For "do no evil" Android OS, that ain't necessarily so.
Free true open source Linux comes complete with open core source code and true open graphic drivers. All source code is supplied. This allows the hacker/user to custom modify/patch security vulnerabilities etc. Or, even validate/audit the actual compiled source code. Check for open back doors, tracking software, malware or other hidden NSA 'hell fire & predatory' add on vices. The software is supplied at zero cost. This called "copyleft" software!
Does every piece of software available in the "do no evil" Google Store come complete with source code and zero end user cost? Ah, the single rial/Af drops from the sky with a boom.....................
Question, for you to ponder?
Why does a lethal pilot less remote control US made "predator drone" armed with PGM munitions have a standard multi frequency cellular telephone antenna/transceiver array.
Also, one of the easiest to hack mobile phones according to the Eward Snowden(NSA) wikileaks CIA("do evil all the time") is the following smart phones since day one. The "do no evil" Android OS, IOS and M$. In that order.
At this point in time, there is a very limited number of true open source smart phones operating in the wild.
One of which, can be custom made, using a 3D printer. Can be made to look like a model of the Korean War AN/PRC-6. "Walkie-talkie". The core of the unit is from a readily available full open source card computer costing a mere $35-00.
You can fool all the people some of the time, and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time. Abraham Lincoln
|posted by (2017-04-20 16:11:24)|
|Honestly google is the best ,the others like yahoo or bing make no sense when searching something|
|I don't agree dogee. Or maybe its country based? In my country I find Bing to be the better (and easier to use) of the two. Of ALL of them Google is pretty much the worst with out of date articles on first page 99% of the time. I hardly bother with Google anymore. I also rather like Qwant.com as a search engine and mostly use Qwant and Bing for general searches and of course DuckDuckgo and some cases. Nope... In my opinion Google's had its day and yes... it USED to be the best... But NOT anymore... Too greedy I suspect...|
|If I search "The Big Bang Theory" I do not want images and video of a sitcom. I want scientific information. But conversely I also don't want any government to have an immediate record of my search history, no matter how benign; the goal of the Russian government is just that, pure and simple access to all searches.||
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