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Google tweaks Android licensing terms in Europe to allow Google app unbundling -- for a fee
2018-10-16T22:37:09Z - Natasha Lomas / TechCrunch
Regulators also found Google had made payments to manufacturers and mobile network operators in exchange for exclusively pre-installing Google Search on their devices, and used Play store licensing to prevent manufacturers from selling devices based on Android forks. Hiroshi Lockheimer, Google’s senior vice president of platforms & ecosystems, revealed the new licensing options in a blog post published today. “Going forward, Android partners wishing to distribute Google apps may also build non-compatible, or forked, smartphones and tablets for the European Economic Area (EEA),” confirms Lockheimer. “[D]evice manufacturers will be able to license the Google mobile application suite separately from the Google Search App or the Chrome browser,” is what Lockheimer unilluminatingly writes. “We’ll also offer new commercial agreements to partners for the non-exclusive pre-installation and placement of Google Search and Chrome.

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