In a blogpost detailing the solution, Google said it would change existing practice and allow smartphone and tablet makers - such as Samsung or Huawei - to create non-Android compliant phones in parallel to compliant ones. Google promises that Android itself will continue to remain free and open source. If competing apps come pre-installed on an Android phone, they could theoretically edge their way into Google's space.
'Android partners wishing to distribute Google apps may also build non-compatible, or forked, smartphones and tablets for the EEA, ' Lockheimer said.
Google, an Alphabet subsidiary, announced the changes on Tuesday, three months after the European Commission handed it a landmark 4.34 billion euro ($5 billion) fine for using its popular Android mobile operating system to hinder rivals.
Since the revenue from including Search and Chrome helped fund development for Android, the exclusion of those two apps means that Google will now be charging a licensing fee for the Google app suite (which includes the Play Store and other Google services that define most Android devices).More news: What is the Huawei NM card used in the Mate 20 phones?
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Most importantly, however, OEMs will be able to license Google mobile application suite separately from the Google Search App or the Chrome browser, meaning companies will be able to ship Android handsets with, for example, Bing and Edge for Android while still having access to the Google Play Store.
The news comes after a record antitrust fine from the European Commission earlier this summer, which claimed Google's business practices around the Android mobile operating system hurt competition in the industry.
The firm says that the new options will go into effect on October 29, but only for new smartphones and tablets launched in the European Economic Area. The company has always stood by the argument that manufacturers are not required to include Google apps. Still, most of these services have struggled because of the Catch 22 situation in which they need more users generating content and algorithmic data.
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For Google, the change is a major shift for its mobile business.