Google will now charge for its Android app suite in Europe

Google will now charge for its Android app suite in Europe

After receiving a record-breaking €4.34 billion fine in the European Union for violating anti-trust laws, Google has announced today changes to Android's licensing model for the European Union zone.

When it comes to the Android operating system itself, Google has confirmed that it will remain open and free to everyone. Since they will stop bundling these apps with Android, the company will start charging a licensing fee to make up for it. The Play Store app grants access to the official Google Play Store where most of the millions of Android apps are hosted.

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. 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.

Writing in a blog post, Google's senior vice president of platforms and ecosystems, Hiroshi Lockheimer, reiterates that the company will be appealing against the EC's ruling, stressing its belief that "Android has created more choice, not less". The one catch here is that Google is only opening this up to companies distributing to the EEA, meaning any devices would have a significantly limited market to sell in.

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Google Chrome and Search will also be available, but will need to be licensed under separate agreements.

The European Economic Area (EEA) comprises the 28 EU countries, plus Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway.

This will also hopefully appease Google competitors which complained the current business model stifled competition to such an extent other products couldn't even hope to compete.

The coming weeks will reveal whether Google's appeal is accepted or the original decision is enacted, but Google plans on placing the above licensing changes into effect on October 29 regardless. Another bundle will include Google Search and Chrome. In response, Google CEO Sundar Pichai argued that users could easily install alternatives to Google's apps if they wanted.

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