Google allows smart phone manufacturers in Europe




to pay for Google apps
Smartphone manufacturers selling their devices in Europe now have to pay for the use of apps such as the Google Play Store. Google is implementing this measure because of the billions of euros that it received for abuse of power with Android.

Google presents a number of measures to respond to complaints from the European Commission. Google says that “Android partners” now also may release other devices in Europe with other Android versions or forks, where the Google apps are not included.

Google also allows manufacturers to release Google apps without the Google Search app and the Chrome browser. All manufacturers have to pay for the use of Google apps on devices that they release in the European Economic Area.

The new license conditions will start on October 29. Google does not provide details about the prices that manufacturers have to pay for using the Google apps. The search giant says that it will cooperate with manufacturers in the coming period to make the transition to the new agreements.

If there are manufacturers who do not want to pay for the use of Google apps such as the Play Store, Gmail and Maps, that could mean that more smartphones are coming onto the market with competitive services in Europe.

Google’s actions are a response to the € 4.3 billion fine imposed by the European Commission in July for abuse of power with Android. The Commission found that Google is in violation of the law and hinders competition by requiring manufacturers to install the Search app and the Chrome browser on devices if they also want to use other Google services such as the Play Store. Google would also have prevented manufacturers from developing their own Android forks.

Google appealed last week against the fine of the European Commission. The Android maker says to make the adjustments in anticipation of the outcome of the appeal.


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