New Android licenses for Europe following Google’s $5b fine

Andy Boxall

In App Business. October 17, 2018

Following the European Commission’s $5b fine against Google, and ahead of the firm’s appeal, the company has announced the steps its taking to avoid further fines.

In the European Economic Area, Android partners will be able to create devices using either full Android, or a forked version without Google apps. Before, it was one or the other. Google has also changed the way it licenses apps, allowing some apps to be installed without others.

Google will provide separate licenses for Google Search and Google Chrome, and also introduce a paid licensing agreement for phones and tablets that include Android, although the details are not known on how this will work, or how much it will cost.

The new plans will come into effect on October 29, 2018.