Meet the Russian Company That Got Its Antitrust Watchdog to Bite Google

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Google Adding More Music, Television And Movie Content On Mobile Search:.

An update to Google search rolling out to mobile users is putting a greater emphasis on music and media, including recommendations on songs, TV shows, movies, and more. On Friday, Google rolled out new features adding more information on music, TV and movies directly into mobile search results — and above the outbound links. Now, when searching for things like singers, actors, films and other related items, Google will return enhanced results that provide information like lyrics, covers, or song recommendations for music searches, as well as details on past and current TV episodes, information about the cast, movie showtimes and other items. If you hunt for a musician, Google gives you a skeletal bio, links to places to hear and watch them (Google’s own apps and others), and now more granular details on the artist’s canon, i.e. song lyrics, plus upcoming live shows.

The company has been coming out with various stats and details which are released from time to time, and at the end of every year, they list down the best of what has been topping the various categories available in their stores. Google’s contributions to the world of technology are not limited to just search, but in the fields of mobile phone technology and many more aspects of the markets of modern day technology too. If you are wondering which new apps to try, and which were the best apps of 2015, then check out Google’s own “Best of” list, which lists the best Android apps and games for 2015.

For example, it introduced song lyrics around a year ago, pointing web searchers to lyrics from Google Play that appeared as cards just above Google’s search results, reducing traffic to lyrics websites in the process. Last quarter, Yandex raked in $233.1 million in revenue. (For context, Google averaged about $179 million in sales a day over the same period.) Most Russians use Yandex for Internet searches — an estimated 57 percent in the last quarter, though that share has slipped in recent years. Plus, Google’s “Knowledge Graph” – an enhancement to the search engine which provides direct answers to queries by understanding the content found in web pages – has been featuring information about TV shows and movies for some time, including things like showtimes, and even critics’ reviews, announced earlier this summer. According to Yandex, it’s the favored position of Google’s apps, including its search one and its browser, on Android smartphones, which outnumber iPhones in Russia considerably. To fight it off, Yandex has pushed to cut handset agreements of its own: It finalized one with Lenovo last year, and paired with Microsoft last month to make Yandex’s homepage and search results the Russian default for Windows 10.

You can even listen to their music via services like YouTube, Spotify, Google Play Music, and iHeartRadio – which had also been supported before via Google Search results. A similar experience is available for actors, film and TV content, which puts Google search in more direct competition with services like Amazon’s IMDb. When introducing the update via its blog post, Google even suggests you could use this feature for the same reason that users would otherwise turn to a site like IMDb, saying: “maybe you’re watching a TV show and can’t remember where you’ve seen that actor before?” What’s interesting about the update, too, is that Google will also show what’s related to the item in question by showing you other things people have searched for as part of its recommendation system.

When it comes to top selling albums, the 2015 list includes Adele’s “25”, “If you’re Reading This Its Too Late” by Drake, “To Pimp a Butterfly” by Kendrick Lamar and more. Users searching for an exact query are much likely to find an answer in a box on top of the page which saves them the trouble of opening websites and looking for info. What we have seen in the Russian market, there were always — since the inception of Android — restrictions in terms of the distribution of our services. For instance, we have YandexTaxi, a taxi-hailing service — and they were also not able to pre-install that. [Ed: Specifically, Yandex mentioned that Russian handset makers Prestigio, Explay and Fly recanted on their pre-installation deals.

In response to the Russian and EU charges, Google has said that the mobile OS world has grown more open — Android users can easily download non-Google apps; they can use non-Google OS versions, like Cyanogen; consumers can buy iPhones or Windows. Google is saying, “If you want access to Play, you need to install search.” So Google Play should be licensed separately; there should not be a bundling relationship.

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