One thing I hate about the European Union, It’s the way they keep coming up with irrelevant policies every now and then.
I understand that Android is one of the most widely used mobile operating system on the market, hence, it is subject to scrutiny by regulators from the countries where it is present.
However, now according to the latest reports, Google will charge $40 per device for Android.
This is coming as a result of a fine imposed on Google by the European union. For those who don’t know what happened.
In July the European Commission fined the tech giant Google because they felt the company took advantage of Android’s market leadership.
The European Commission allegedly considered this anti-competitive, because, it “denied rivals the chance to innovate and compete on merits.”
Although it is appealing the fine, the tech giant Google decided to change its licensing rules to comply with the determinations of the European authorities.
Before the fine, the manufacturer who wanted to insert a Google application into their device, could do so if it installed everything else like Chrome and many others. In return, there was no charge for licensing.
If companies end up paying for licence for Google products expect the price of each phone released by smartphone companies to go up a bit. Unless Google decides to restrict the law to Europe else you’ll be paying more for an Android phone soon.