Google is fighting the EU’s Android antitrust fine tooth and nail, but it’s also making major changes to its licensing policy to comply with that decision in the meantime. To begin with, it’s separating the license for its standard apps from Chrome and the official search app. If a company wants to offer Gmail and YouTube but rely on Bing for search and Firefox for browsing, they can. However, this will come at a cost.
As Google used its bundled search and browser to “fund the development and free distribution of Android,” there will now be a paid license for mobile devices shipped to the European Economic Area. Android itself will remain free.
The internet giant is also revising its compatibility agreements so that Android vendors in the EEA are allowed to make forked versions of Android while still distributing Google apps.