Google Will Likely Charge $40 Per Device from Manufacturers to Pre-Install Play Store

By October 20th, 2018 AT 11:25 AM

Android manufacturers will have to pay $40 per device to Google in Europe to be featured into Google Play Store and other mobile apps. According to a report in The Verge on Friday, a confidential fee schedule shows costs as high as $40 per device to install the “Google Mobile Services” suite of apps. “The new fees vary depending on country and device type, and it would apply to devices activated on or after February 1st, 2019,” the report said, as reported by IANS.


“Google is also offering separate agreements to cover some or all of the licensing costs for companies that choose to install Chrome and Google search on their devices as well, according to a person familiar with the terms,” it added.

The tech giant, however, has declined to comment. Earlier this week, Google said it was updating the compatibility agreements with mobile device makers and may ask them to pay a fee for Google Play and other its other Android apps used in Europe.

The move was to comply with the decision of the European Union’s anti-trust watchdog’s decision against Android. The European Commission ruled that forcing device manufacturers to pre-install Google Search and Chrome was against its competition rules and fined the tech giant a whopping $5.1 billion in July (Google has appealed against the ruling).

With the new changes to Android that will come into effect on October 29, smartphone makers in Europe will need to pay for certain Google apps. While Android will remain free and open source, Google will offer separate licenses to the Google Search app and to Chrome.

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What is the guarantee paying US$40 is going to ensure the European customers’ absolute right to privacy & anonymity is not violated by Google despite the charges ?


Time to have new OS in the market. This is bad move from Google.

Google apps other than play store, chrome and youtube are utter useless.

Google forcing too many adds on Youtube every 4 mins now a days. May be to pay $5.1 billion fine.

Girish Gowda | bengaLuru
Girish Gowda | bengaLuru

Chrome is actually useless. But Gmail is the next most important thing other than YouTube.

S. A. Rahman
S. A. Rahman

+1 for pointing out useless thing and another +1 for pointing out important thing

Priyansh Singh
Priyansh Singh

If Chrome is useless what do you stick to? Default Browser?


Only thing I find useless is play music, play movies, play books, Google+ and hangout etc.
I daily use Chrome, YouTube and sometimes Gmail.


lolz, bad move from europe not from google.

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