Google will charge phone makers to use Android apps in Europe

CNET | 10/16/2018 | Richard Nieva
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Google will stop bundling together its suite of Android mobile apps in Europe, in response to a $5 billion fine by the European Union in July.

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The search giant on Tuesday said it will offer a paid license for phone and tablet manufacturers in Europe that want to include its Google Play app store, Maps, Gmail and Google-owned YouTube. Another license will let phone makers include Google's search engine and Chrome browser.

Hiroshi Lockheimer, Google's head of Android, said the company would begin to offer the licenses Oct. 26, but he didn't say what the pricing would be.

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"Since the preinstallation 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," Lockheimer wrote in a blog post, referring to the European Economic Area. "Android will...
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