Google Apps May Soon Cost Android Vendors Up To $40 per Device in the EU
Android manufacturers will now have to pay $40 per device to Google in Europe to be featured in the Google Play Store and other mobile apps.
The Verge reported on Friday; a confidential fee schedule shows costs as high as $40 per device to install the ‘Google Mobile Services’ suite of apps.
“The new fees vary depending on the country and device type, and it will apply to devices that are activated on or after February 1st, 2019,” the report said.
“The tech giant is also offering separate agreements to cover some or all of the licensing costs for companies that chose to install Google search and Chrome on their devices as well, this is according to a person familiar with the terms,” the report added.
Google, however, has refused to comment. But earlier Google said it was updating its compatibility agreements with mobile device makers and may ask them to pay a certain fee for Google Play and other of its Android apps used in Europe.
This move by Google was to comply with the decision of the European Union’s anti-trust watchdog’s decision against Android. The Commission ruled that forcing device manufacturers to pre-install Chrome and Google Search was against its competition rules and levied the tech company a whopping $5.1 billion in July (though Google has appealed against the ruling).
With the upcoming changes to Android that will come into effect on October 29, smartphone makers in Europe will have to pay for certain Google apps. Though Android will remain free and open source, Google will offer separate licenses to the Chrome and Google Search app.