It is ending a ban on manufacturers having a line-up that includes tablets and phones powered by alternative versions of the operating system to its own as well as ones that feature Google's own apps and Play Store.
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. For years, Google's Android license has been an all-or-nothing deal.
Realistically, this probably won't change much for most Android devices.
European Union regulators decided it was unfair for Google to force smartphone makers that used Android to also install its apps.
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Today, in a blog post, Hiroshi Lockheimer, Senior Vice President for Platforms & Ecosystems at Google, said the company is now taking steps to comply with the EU's decision and adjusting its policy by introducing app licensing fees.
Google has been banging the drum for Progressive Web Apps (PWAs) for some time, initially seeing the tech as a way of improving the user experience of web apps before suggesting it could present a real alternative to native desktop applications.
It has not stated how much the new fees will be or whether consumers should expect a significant rise to device prices as a outcome. But Google explained that its mobile application suite (Play Store, Gmail, YouTube, Maps etc) will require a licence fee if pre-installed on devices shipping to the EEA and a separate licence would be required for Search and Chrome. The new rules will come into play from October 29, though the fees will only apply to new smartphones and tablets launched in the EEA. It's possible device makers will pass this cost along to phone buyers.
Google has never charged for its apps because, as we all know, its business model relies on ads and searches, two things that get better traction if people are using its apps.