Google offers solutions to avoid more EU Android fines

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The European Commission in July hit Google with its biggest ever fine, imposing a 4.34 billion euro ($5 billion) penalty, giving the United States tech giant 90 days to change its practices. Regardless, the extra cost involved in creating these devices could ultimately push prices up slightly although, at this point in time, the new fee being charge remains unclear.

Today Google has outlined how it will respond to the European ruling, in addition to appealing against it.

Last week, Google appealed the EU's biggest ever anti-trust fine, saying that Android had "created more choice, not less". The company is also allowing the Google app suite to be installed on forked versions of Android in Europe. Another bundle will include Google Search and Chrome.

Next are the changes to the way Google apps are licensed. Since they will stop bundling these apps with Android, the company will start charging a licensing fee to make up for it.

The search giant on Tuesday said it will offer a paid license for phone and tablet manufacturers in Europe that want to include its Google Play app store, Maps, Gmail and Google-owned YouTube.

"Second, device manufacturers will be able to license the Google mobile application suite separately from the Google Search App or the Chrome browser", the announcement continues.

Google's making changes to comply with the EC's exact complaints over exclusivity of Android licenses and app bundling, and it's doing so as a show of good faith even as it appeals the decision. In response, Google CEO Sundar Pichai argued that users could easily install alternatives to Google's apps if they wanted.

In July, the European Commission fined Google for breaching EU antitrust rules by allegedly forcing EU manufacturers to pre-install Google search and their suite of bundled apps, paying manufacturers to make Google the exclusive search app, and by obstructing the development of competing mobile software.

The changes will apply on October 29 for all new smartphones and tablets sold in the EEA.

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