* Posts by Tambo2000

2 posts • joined 17 Oct 2018

Sure, Europe. Here's our Android suite without Search, Chrome apps. Now pay the Google tax


Re: Actually, they haven't stated the price.

Google always has changed handset manufacturers a license fee for accessing Google services - I understand it averaged around £15 per handset in 2014.

Although Android is - in theory - open source freeware, for much of it to run, it requires access to Google services.

The key issue was that the manufacturers were obligated to install all of Google's apps in exchange for the license - whether they wanted it or not.

It was like Facebook saying "If you want to pre-install Facebook, you also have to pre-install WhatsApp (who we also own)".

If the phone user didn't want those apps, they had to disable them off one-by-one in the settings menu, although they could never be deleted.

The commission had a look and said "That's not fair. Manufacturers should be able to choose which apps they want to install, and pay for only those ones they want."

In reality, it's not going to make much of a difference to the consumer. Phone makers will still probably choose to install the entire Google suite of apps, as that's what most (although maybe not all) consumers want.


This is actually good news, because

There will be no difference to consumers.

Google charged device makers for access to their services in the first place.

What's changed is the payment structure.

Now, device makers are not OBLIGED to ship devices with all of Google's services if they don't want to.

It's likely they still will, of course, because the demand is there: Google apps are useful.

Until now, the idea that Android was a 'free' operating system was a bit of a bluff.

Android was designed as a carrier for Google's services.

Device manufacturers were always charged by Google for allowing access to their services, and that meant they had to take them all - whether wanted or not.

That's why Android users usually spend half our lives closing Google apps down we want use - stuff like Hangouts, for example.

It was like saying, if you want the warranty on the car, you have to take the paint choice, the alloy wheels, the sidelights, carpets,and everything else.

It's not going to make any difference to users, as I say. But it's fairer.


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