Users will be able to independently choose a search engine for preinstallation on gadgets sold in Russia. This was reported on Monday, September 27, in the press service of “Yandex”.
“As before, users will choose their default search engine on their own. Yandex will be among those available for selection in 2022, along with Google, the company said.
Earlier on September 27, it was reported that the Russian government approved the Yandex search engine for use by default on gadgets sold in the country from January 1, 2022. The RF Ministry of Digital Affairs explained that such a measure would allow equalizing the conditions for using domestic and foreign services.
On April 1, a ban on the sale of certain types of technically complex goods without pre-installation of the Russian software prescribed by the government came into force in Russia. According to the estimates of the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs, the costs of industrial enterprises, banks and IT companies due to the requirements for the transition to Russian software will amount to more than 1 trillion rubles.
In early January, the Russian government approved a list of Russian programs for pre-installation on devices sold in the country. The final list includes: Yandex search engine and browser, Yandex.Disk, Yandex.Maps, mail and news aggregator Mail.ru, voice assistant Marusya, ICQ messenger, social networks VKontakte and Odnoklassniki , payment application Mir Pay, portal of public services, “MyOffice Documents”, antivirus Kaspersky, etc.