Android phones are about to completely change as Google plans to charge for apps

In July 2018, the European Commission ruled that Google had exhibited “anticompetitive behavior” in its dealings with Android partners. The Commission said that Google should not have required Android phone and tablet makers to install Chrome and search in order to install the rest of Google’s apps. And the Commission also said that Google should not have barred its partners from building devices based on forked versions of Android. Google is appealing the ruling. But for the time being, the company has to make changes to how it licenses its suite of Android apps and services in Europe. That means charging a fee for its base suite of apps — Gmail, YouTube, and critically, the Play Store, among others — and allowing companies to add those... Continue reading…

Android phones are about to completely change as Google plans to charge for apps

Smartphone makers will have to pay for previously free features like Google Play, Maps, Gmail and YouTube

Wed 17 Oct 18 from The Independent

Google to charge for apps on Android phones in Europe

Google plans to start charging smartphone makers to pre-install apps like Gmail, YouTube and Google Maps on Android handsets sold in Europe, a response to a record $5 billion antitrust fine ...

Tue 16 Oct 18 from Phys.org

Google offers solutions to avoid more EU Android fines

Google formally offered its solutions to avoid more EU mega-fines Wednesday, after Brussels accused the US tech giant of illegally abusing the dominance of its Android operating system for mobile ...

Tue 16 Oct 18 from Phys.org

Google to charge Android partners up to $40 per device for apps: source

Alphabet Inc's Google will charge hardware firms up to $40 per device to use its apps under a new licensing system to replace one that the European Union this year deemed anti-competitive, a ...

Fri 19 Oct 18 from Reuters Technology

Google Frees Up Android Device Makers to Comply with EU Rulings

In the EU, device makers will have more freedom in the way they use and license Android from Google, but they'll also have to pay higher fees. The post Google Frees Up Android Device Makers ...

Wed 17 Oct 18 from Extremetech

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