San Francisco: The tech giant Google, will now charge $40 per device from the Android manufacturers in Europe to be featured into Google Play Store and other mobile apps. On Friday, there were reports according to which a fee of $40 per device will be payable by the Android manufacturers to install the “Google Mobile Services” suite of apps.
“The new fees vary depending on country and device type, and it would apply to devices activated on or after February 1st, 2019,” the report said. “Google is also offering separate agreements to cover some or all of the licensing costs for companies that choose to install Chrome and Google search on their devices as well, according to a person familiar with the terms,” it added.
As of now, the tech giant has refused to comment on anything regarding the statement. But earlier this week, Google revealed that the firm is updating the compatibility agreements with the mobile manufactures. Google also added that the manufactures might even be asked to pay a fee for using Google Play and other Android applications in Europe. Such a move by the company is said to be in favor of the decision of the European Union’s anti-trust watchdog against Android.
In July, The European Commission asked Google to pay a fine of $5.1 billion for forcing the mobile manufacturers to pre-install Google Search and Chrome. The European Commission said that forcing device manufacturers for pre-installing the apps from Google was against its competition rules and so the firm was imposed with a fine. The Google has filed an appeal for the same against the ruling.
As per the recent reports, the changes to Android regarding the need to pay a fee for certain Google apps will be effective following October 29. Besides this, Google will also offer separate licenses to the Google Chrome and the Search app, while Android will remain free and open source.