SAN FRANCISCO, Oct 17: In its bid to comply with the European Union's anti-trust watchdog's decision against Android, Google is updating the compatibility agreements with mobile device makers and may ask them to pay a fee for Google Play and its other Android apps used in Europe.
The European Commission ruled that forcing device manufacturers to pre-install Google Search and Chrome was against its competition rules and fined the tech giant a whopping $5.1 billion in July.
Google said that Android has created more choice, not less. The tech giant argued that pre-installation of Google Search and Chrome together with other apps helped it fund the development and free distribution of Android and appealed against the decision.
Google is now bringing the changes as its appeal against the European Commission's decision is pending.
With the new changes to Android that will come into effect on October 29, smartphone makers in Europe may have to pay for certain Google apps as the company "will introduce a new paid licensing agreement for smartphones and tablets shipped into the European Economic Area, Hiroshi Lockheimer, Senior Vice President, Platforms and Ecosystems said in a blog post. - IANS