09 January 2019
Google has stated that it plans to charge Chinese manufacturers for Android apps. In a tweet from official Android account, Google stated that it “plan to charge Chinese manufacturers in the third quarter of 2019.”
Google had been undergoing investigation on charges of unfair competition over the last few years. The company has been fined a hefty penalty by the European Commission in 2018, the firm was told to stop “illegally tying” Chrome and search apps to Android devices.
After this Google introduced a new paid licensing agreement for smartphones and tablets which were shipped into the European Economic Area and had started charging hardware firms up to $40 per device to use its apps. However, the charge will vary according to country and handset size and could be as low as $2.50 for some devices.
Google is also going to start the paid licensing agreement for smartphones and tablets sold in China as well. The company has stated that it will be charging Chinese manufacturers for Android apps in the third quarter of 2019, these “may include Huawei, ZTE, Xiaomi and many other smartphone manufacturers.”
In July 2018, the European Commission found Alphabet Inc’s Google guilty of abusing its market dominance with Android as it made it mandatory for smartphone makers to pre-install its Google Search and Google Chrome on their smartphones. The company was fined a record $5 billion because of it. Till then, Google has never charged for Android and its apps as it generated enough revenue via its Google Chrome and Google Search apps, however, post that decision the company could no longer make its apps free. The company’s basic Android operating system still remains free and open-source for smartphone makers.