Google offers solutions to avoid more EU Android fines

Смартфони на Android таки подорожчають

Google offers solutions to avoid more EU Android fines

Google just announced it has filed an appeal with the European Commission (EC) following a $5 billion fine from July related to its licensing terms for Android and Google apps.

Manufacturers taking on Google Play and other Google services such as Gmail, YouTube and maps, can also install the Google Search app and the Chrome browser free of charge.

Last week, Google appealed the EU's biggest ever anti-trust fine, saying that Android had "created more choice, not less".

Another illegal tactic included paying manufacturers to pre-install only Google Search and preventing them from using rival Android systems.

Companies can now make licensed Android builds while also shipping forked builds in Europe.
For example a company could make a regular Android phone with full Google certification, and also an Android tablet with its own version of the OS and no Google apps or services.

Third, we will offer separate licenses to the Google Search app and to Chrome.

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For Google, the change is a major shift for its mobile business.

Secondly, Google will offer commercial agreements to partners for the non-exclusive pre-installation and placement of Google Search and Chrome. Since the pre-installation of Google Search and Chrome together with our other apps helped us fund the development and free distribution of Android, we will introduce a new paid licensing agreement for smartphones and tablets shipped into the EEA.

"Second, device manufacturers will be able to license the Google mobile application suite separately from the Google Search App or the Chrome browser", the announcement continues.

Google is now making several changes to how Android licensing works in the European Union, to comply with the latest ruling.

In a blogpost detailing the solution, Google said it would change existing practice and allow smartphone and tablet makers - such as Samsung or Huawei - to create non-Android compliant phones in parallel to compliant ones. As before, competing apps may be pre-installed alongside ours. But for now, these new rules will go into effect on Monday, October 29.

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