Brussels/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – alphabet Google Inc on Tuesday free redesigned, as it distributes the mobile apps in the European Union, introduction of a license fee for equipment manufacturers for Access to the app market in a reply to control findings that it had broken antitrust laws.
file photo: a 3D Android mascot Bugdroid before a Google logo in this figure 9 July 2017 recorded there. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic / illustration / file photo
but essentially leaves the U.S. tech giant new regulation for Google’s Web search and browser rivals such as Microsoft Corp. mobile lucrative intact, open doors, analysts said.
in July, the European Commission condemned Google a record 4.34 billion euros ($ 5 billion) for the use of the dominant position of the mobile software, to hinder rivals in the areas of Internet search.
Google is appealing, the ruling but said that it is compliance in the meantime the new approval system for equipment, which includes after Oct. 29 in the European economic area called 28 EU States plus Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway in the life.
Samsung Electronics Co, Huawei Technologies co[HWT.UL] and other device manufacturers need to Google access to the Google play app store pay for an undisclosed amount. In return, the hardware companies have no more, Google search and Google chrome browser to install, though you can do this for free if they want to.
increases flexibility to search and browser apps from Google rivals like Microsoft, Opera Ltd
android Smartphone manufacturer and have adapted to distribute Mozilla development of devices with the operating system.
“the new regulation will simply change the implicit exchange of value – access to the play store in Exchange for Google search and chrome – to an explicit preinstaling” license fees, said James Cordwell, financial analyst at Atlantic equities.
Geoff Blaber, a technology analyst at CCS insight, said that “Google has found a way to make sure that Android will continue to work in his favor.”
shares closed alphabet 2.9 percent on Tuesday.
mobile industry executives have commonly assumed, that the Europeans have little interest in devices without Google apps. Breaches of data protection and privacy scandals US tech companies such as Google and Facebook Inc have some however led users to seek alternatives.
android device manufacturer. Both have said that they were prevented from signing sales agreements with Smartphone vendors in recent years because of Google’s limitations.
Google hardware partners are devices in Europe, that perform rival versions of Android, including Amazon.com Inc fire OS market also. Such devices have no access to the play-shop but.
“We work closely with our Android partners in the coming weeks and months for the transition to the new arrangements” Hiroshi Lockheimer, senior Vice President, Google said in a blog post.
Amazon, Samsung, Huawei does not respond to requests for comment.
the European Commission said it is up to Google to decide how you can comply with the July ruling, and that the regulator will track the changes.
the Commission usually can companies to streamline compliance efforts, as feedback comes in from customers and competitors. Failure to end the illegal business practices may result in additional fines.
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