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Phone makers in Europe to pay Google $40 per device to carry Google's apps

Google said it was updating the compatibility agreements with mobile device makers and may ask them to pay a fee for Google Play and other its other Android apps

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manufacturers will have to pay $40 per device to in Europe to be featured into Play Store and other mobile apps.

According to a report in The Verge on Friday, a confidential fee schedule shows costs as high as $40 per device to install the "Mobile Services" suite of apps.

"The new fees vary depending on country and device type, and it would apply to devices activated on or after February 1st, 2019," the report said.

"Google is also offering separate agreements to cover some or all of the licensing costs for that choose to install Chrome and Google search on their devices as well, according to a person familiar with the terms," it added.

The tech giant however, has declined to comment.

Earlier this week, Google said it was updating the compatibility agreements with mobile device makers and may ask them to pay a fee for Google Play and its other apps used in Europe.

The move was to comply with the decision of the European Union's anti-trust watchdog's decision against

The ruled that forcing device manufacturers to pre-install Google Search and Chrome was against its competition rules and fined the tech giant a whopping $5.1 billion in July (Google has appealed against the ruling).

With the new changes to Android that will come into effect on October 29, smartphone makers in Europe will need to pay for certain Google apps.

While Android will remain free and open source, Google will offer separate licenses to the Google Search app and to Chrome.

First Published: Sat, October 20 2018. 10:06 IST
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