"And of course, we remain deeply committed to continued innovation for the Android ecosystem". Everyone knew a mega-fine was coming, and since Google basically mints money thanks in part to its lucrative ad business there was no question it would be able to absorb any financial penalty.
Google is revamping its requirements for pre-installed Google services on Android to comply with new regulations. Google recently was hit with a $5 billion fine from the European Union, and to avoid more fines while the company challenges the European Union in court, it is now complying with new regulatory rules.
Another illegal tactic included paying manufacturers to pre-install only Google Search and preventing them from using rival Android systems. Without the pre-installation of these apps, European mobile device manufacturers will now need to pay a license fee to bundle Google's Android apps such as Google Play, Maps, and YouTube.
'Android partners wishing to distribute Google apps may also build non-compatible, or forked, smartphones and tablets for the EEA, ' Lockheimer said. In another major change, per CNBC, Google will also end restrictions on phone makers selling forked versions of Android.
First, we're updating the compatibility agreements with mobile device makers that set out how Android is used to develop smartphones and tablets.
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The Mate 20 Pro , meanwhile, has a 40-megapixel wide angle, 20-megapixel super wide angle, and 8-megapixel telephoto lenses. However, as is typically the case with Porsche Design smartphones, some major changes have been made over on the rear.
"Using Android", reports the NYT, "has allowed companies like Samsung to compete against Apple's iPhone without having to make their own software".
The model made Android a huge success. Regardless, the extra cost involved in creating these devices could ultimately push prices up slightly although, at this point in time, the new fee being charge remains unclear. Now, presumably, they have more freedom to try to do so.
Most importantly, however, OEMs will be able to license Google mobile application suite separately from the Google Search App or the Chrome browser, meaning companies will be able to ship Android handsets with, for example, Bing and Edge for Android while still having access to the Google Play Store. If a company in the EEA wants to make Android devices with Google apps, sans Search and Chrome, it will now have to pay for the privilege.