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Google slaps licensing fees on Google apps for EU phone makers
2018-10-17T08:33:46Z - Ivan Mehta / The Next Web
For years, Google mandated the pre-installation of some of its core apps – Search, Chrome, Gmail and Play Store – for any company who wanted to make and sell Android phones. That’s about to change: Google will now charge a licensing fee from phone makers for the European market, in order to comply with the European Union’s ruling regarding monopoly. Google will sell a licensing package for an app bundle of Google Play Store, Gmail, Google Maps and YouTube. There will be a separate license for Google Search and Chrome. However, it’d be interesting to see if this move will change the prices of Android phones and tablets in Europe.

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