Google has announced that from October 29, it will begin to charge manufacturers of Android devices for pre-installing their applications on gadgets intended for the European market. The announcement of this was published in a blog byGoogle.
According to The Verge , Google introduces this practice for the first time. New licensing rules will affect applications to access the Google Play store and other proprietary Google services, including Gmail, YouTube and Google Maps.
The reason for this step of the company was the July decision of the European Commission to fine Google with a record 4.34 billion euros for the company forcing manufacturers to install the Chrome browser and the Google search application on their devices.
It clarifies The Verge, OC Android itself will still be free for manufacturers of smartphones and tablets – they will have to pay Google for pre-installing applications in Europe. In addition, after the entry into force of the new conditions, vendors will be able to license Chrome and the search application at will and separately, rather than together. The amount of deductions for manufacturers for installing Google applications is not yet called.
According to the representative of the European Commission, the decision of the regulator to fine Google did not provide for the mandatory introduction of a company fee for pre-installation of applications – this system Google introduces on its own. At the same time, the European Commission intends to closely monitor the company in order to make sure that Google no longer violates the law.
After the entry into force of the new licensing system, manufacturers of Android devices for the European market will have three possible behaviors: companies will be able to release devices without a single Google application, a device with Google Play and other applications, but without a search and Chrome browser or a device with a familiar and complete set of applications.