Beijing News (reporter Cai Haoshung) recently, in response to the anti-trust penalty imposed by the European Union in July, Google said it would stop bundling pre-packaged application suites on Android devices in the EU region, but would charge license fees to mobile device manufacturers sold to the EU region. Japan's economic news report said the move would increase costs for Android handset makers, including Samsung, Huawei, millet and OPPO.
Google said it would issue payment licenses to manufacturers of mobile phones and tablets sold in the European Union and would pay licensing fees if they wanted to use the Google Play App Store, Google Maps, Gmail and Google's YouTube, as well as Google's search applications and browsers. For a separate license.
Hiroshi Lockheimer, Senior Vice President of Google Platform and Ecosystems, said in a blog post that the rules would be implemented on mobile phones listed after October 29 in 28 EU member states, as well as Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway. "But in the European economic area, the Android system will remain free and open source." Hiroshi Lockheimer added. In October 19th, Google's parent company Alphabet fell 2.63%.
In July, the European Commission imposed a record 4.34 billion ($5 billion) antitrust fine on Google for using its dominant mobile operating system to block rivals in areas such as Internet search. The committee ruled that Google's anti-competitive marketing practices since 2011 include forcing smartphone manufacturers to pre-install Google Search, Google Browser and Google App Store on their Android phones. There's also a fee for Smartphone makers to pre-install only Google search and let them use Android only.
Google said it would comply with the ruling and appealed last week.
In order to make ends meet, Google will have to charge $48.50 to $58.20 for each device, Nikkei News quoted industry analysts as saying. High-end device manufacturers can pass on costs to customers by raising prices, which are difficult for low-priced smartphones such as millet and OPPO.
As of press release, HUAWEI, millet and OPPO did not respond to requests for comment.
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