Google will also no longer force its manufacturers to only produce Android phones.

But one outcome of the move, Google said, was that manufactures would face a new fee. Manufacturers aren't going to be keen on shipping Android phones without the entire Google app collection - this is, after all, what customers have come to expect. In another major change, per CNBC, Google will also end restrictions on phone makers selling forked versions of Android. But European regulators successfully argued that Google's practices gave it an unfair advantage against competitors. "And of course, we remain deeply committed to continued innovation for the Android ecosystem".

Under the new European rules, detailed by Google's senior vice president of platforms Hiroshi Lockheimer, Android phone makers that want to sell devices with Google services pre-installed in Europe will need to pay a licensing fee to Google.


Progressive Web Apps are a big priority for Google right now, and have also been seen as one of the ways for Microsoft to combat the shortage of apps on its store.

The changes will apply on October 29 for all new smartphones and tablets sold in the EEA. As part of this ruling, Google was told they needed to stop this behavior. Device-makers are yet to comment on the changes, though the fear will undoubtedly be that licensing fees - the costs of which have not been disclosed at this stage - will be passed through to buyers themselves. "We will offer separate licenses to the Google Search app and to Chrome". More than 80 percent of all smartphones run Android, as do more than 24,000 different kinds of devices.


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