Yandex has unveiled their very own Android-powered smartphone

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The new phone from Russia’s search giant has a 5.65″ display and is powered by Google’s Android.

If you lived in Russia you’d likely find many things different than here in the United States. One of those things is the search engine they use. While a good majority of the United States uses Google, Russians use their own Yandex search engine. Yandex has been doing business for some time now and like Google in the U.S., they’re itching to get their business into every palm in Russia. This is why the all-new Yandex phone will be launched tomorrow at a cost of 17,990 rubles, which translates to around $270USD.

The new phone from Russia’s search giant has a 5.65″ display and is powered by Google’s Android. It is running a Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 processor alongside 4GB of RAM, and 64GB of storage which can be expanded via MicroSD card. There are both a 16-megapixel and 5-megapixel dual back camera. This phone isn’t going to showcase Google apps such as Google Search, Google Maps, and Google Assistant. Yandex will be pushing their own apps including their own virtual assistant dubbed “Alice.” But Google apps are still bundled in, so users do have the option.

According to Venturebeat, while this is the company’s first smartphone, it is not the first piece of hardware they’ve made. The company also released a smart speaker with Alice functionality earlier this year which costs $160USD.

Yandex
Back of the phone.

The launch comes nearly three years after Yandex emerged victorious in an anti-competition case against Google in Russia. Lawmakers found that Google had abused its dominant market position, hindering the ability of other companies to create competing services on Android by forcing manufacturers to bundle Google apps — such as Gmail, Google Search, and Google Play — on Android phones.

As a result of the ruling, Google was not permitted to restrict the preinstallation of competing apps, including search engines. Google was also required to offer a “choice window” for its mobile Chrome browser, asking the user at launch what default search engine they wanted. In the year or so since this change has taken effect, Yandex has reportedly overtaken Google in terms of search market share on Android.

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  Source: Venturebeat
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