Yandex announced earlier this week that Android users in Russia will be entitled to a screen of choice this month when launching a Google Chrome browser update for the first time.
This choice screen will offer them to choose their default search engine. In this case, a possible selection between Yandex, Google and Mail.ru. For Yandex, this change is presented as " a huge step. "
Previously, the default engine for Chrome was automatically Google. The user could act on this parameter but a posteriori, by going on his own initiative in the browser settings. The new behavior is to be linked to Google's conviction in Russia for abuse of a dominant position with its Android mobile operating system.
An actor like Yandex complained of the loss of market share and criticized Google for requiring Android device manufacturers to pre-install its applications and use its services, including that of its engine. research.
" In accordance with the agreement with Yandex and with the FAS (note: the federal anti-monopoly service of Russia), we have created a new opportunity for search service providers to promote it with the Chrome application on Android devices "said a Google spokesperson.
Before the end of this year, the European Commission could punish Google with a new big fine – after the case of the Google Shopping service – for an abuse of dominant position with Android.