Google to Stop Bundling Apps on Android in EU
In response to the recent $5 billion antitrust fine handed to it by the EU’s competition authority, Google said that it will be changing the way it bundles apps on Android.
The search giant will also allow phone makers to sell modified versions of its mobile OS. However, it will also start charging device manufacturers a license fee for pre-installing apps like YouTube, Docs, or Gmail.
Google says that the fees are meant to offset revenue intended for Android development that will be lost due to compliance efforts. The licenses for Search and Chrome will not have a fee.