The well-known project from Google, AOSP i.e, Android Open Source Project is now not a fully open source for Android OEMs in European Union. Earlier this week, Google announced it would wildly revamp its business model surrounding the Android operating system for device manufacturers in the European Economic Area (EEA). The big changes are a result of the $5 billion fine pushed to Google by the European Commission due to alleged antitrust issues.
Some glimpses are as follows:
– AOSP, Android Open Source Project is always free.
-But Play Store and other apps like Gmail, Youtube will be bundled with a paid licensing agreement.
Google to Charge OEMs for Google Apps in EU
In the official blog post, Hiroshi Lockheimer, Senior Vice President, Platforms & Ecosystems, said that the apps which were earlier bundled with android eco-system was free of cost but now OEMs will have to pay the sum to Google for bundling those default apps.
Charges will be like that, some devices will see a charge of $40 per unit for the use of Google apps, and devices at the low end will see a much-lower $2.50 per unit charge.
But also the fees are defined by pixel densities of smartphones in the U.K., Sweden, Germany, Norway, and the Netherlands:
- Devices with a pixel density of 500ppi or more — $40 per device
- Devices with a pixel density of at least 400ppi, but less than 500ppi — $20 per device
- Devices with a pixel density lower than 400ppi — $10 per device
These new licensing options will come into effect on October 29, 2018, for all new smartphones and tablets launched in the EEA.
But there is also a twist in it, Google is also offering a way for OEMs to potentially curb the fee, which is sharing revenue from Google Chrome and Google Search.
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