After being hit with a fined by the European Commission back in July this year, Google has announced that it will start charging smartphone manufacturers in Europe for using its app suite. The company revealed that since pre-installed app such as Google Search and Chrome helped fund the development and free distribution of Android, Google will start charging a licensing fee for the Play Store and other Google apps for the first time.
Google was fined $5.04 billion for misusing its position and forcing its apps on Android manufacturers. While the tech giant appealed the decision last week, it is working on how to comply with the decision. Google is updating the compatibility agreements with mobile device makers that set out how Android is used to develop smartphones and tablets.
The search giant revealed Android partners who are wishing to distribute Google apps may also build non-compatible, or forked, smartphones and tablets for the European Economic Area (EEA). Also, manufacturers will be able to license the Google mobile application suite separate from the Google Search App or the Chrome browser. These new licensing options will come into effect on October 29, 2018, for all new smartphones and tablets launched in the EEA.