Google to Charge Mobile Device Makers in Europe for Using Google Play and Other Android Apps

By October 17th, 2018 AT 12:45 PM

Google recently faced a hefty fine of $5.1 billion by the European Union for forcing device manufacturers to pre-install Google Search and Chrome applications on Android smartphones. According to EU, it was against the watchdog’s rules. Following the fine from EU, Google has made a big decision as it will start charging mobile handset makers in Europe for installing Google Play and its other Android apps on their smartphones. Google is looking to comply with EU’s decision against Android with this move and is updating the compatibility agreements with smartphone brands in Europe.

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Google Fined a Whopping $5.1 billion in July by EU

Back in July, 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. However, Google said that Android has created more choice, not less. The tech giant argued that pre-installation of Google Search and Chrome together with other apps helped it fund the development and free distribution of Android and appealed against the decision.

Google is now bringing the changes as its appeal against the European Commission’s decision is pending.

New Changes Will Come into Effect on October 29

With the new changes to Android that will come into effect on October 29, smartphone makers in Europe may have to pay for certain Google apps as the company “will introduce a new paid licensing agreement for smartphones and tablets shipped into the European Economic Area, Hiroshi Lockheimer, Senior Vice President, Platforms and Ecosystems said in a blog post.

Going forward, Android partners wishing to distribute Google apps may also build non-compatible, or forked, smartphones and tablets for the EEA, Lockheimer said. While Android will remain free and open source, Google will offer separate licenses to the Google Search app and to Chrome.

“We’ll also offer new commercial agreements to partners for the non-exclusive pre-installation and placement of Google Search and Chrome,” Lockheimer added.

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