Android partners now have to pay up to $40 per device for apps: source

A source revealed on Friday that hardware firms will now be liable to pay Google up to $40 per device to use its app. The new decree came after the European Union deemed the previous licensing system anti-competitive earlier this year.

Google also made a similar statement on Tuesday that certifies that the new fee will be applicable from October 29 on all new Android-powered smartphones and tablet launched in the European Economic Area. The spokesperson also added that the license charges vary depending on the country and the device being used. It can even be as low as $2.50. Moreover, the device maker would earn a portion of the ad revenue Google earns from Search and Chrome.
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In July, the European Commission found Google abusing its patrons by forcing them to pre-install Search and Chrome on their devices. The Commission imposed a fine of $5 billion along with additional penalties which Google has appealed.

Ultimately, the new licensing system might prove to be beneficial for Google rival companies who might get a chance to collaborate more with hardware makers and become default apps for search and browsing. Additionally, Qwant, a French search engine said on Friday that it was happy with the new licensing system coming into place. The update will offer consumers more search engine and browser choices – hence give other companies besides Google an edge in the market.
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Google to charge Android partners up to $40 per device for apps: source
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