Finally, smartphone manufacturers get relief after the EU Commision decision which allows each manufacturer to decide for itself whether it wants to pre-install Google services or not. So now a bit of relief, but this freedom comes at a cost. This means smartphone manufacturers may soon need to pay for the pre-installed Google apps.
Google giving into the EU following its penalty and changing its business model. This news certainly is a sensation given the fact that the search engine giant had been ignoring the criticism, advice and even penalties in this respect.
With the EU commission’s decision no longer are pre-install of official apps for Android smartphones with Google support necessary. The manufacturers are free to choose whether or not to install Google’s apps. Some of these Google apps are extremely popular with users.
With this decision many more manufacturers will now be able to optimize their own Android systems and as per the need of their build. This will certainly make the Android world all the more colorful and diverse. We may soon get to see less duplicate apps which seems to have been a standard today.
Google has failed to curb the recent fragmentation of Android. More and more Asian manufacturers are working on their own apps and will give even lesser importance to what Google makes.
You May Soon Need to Pay for Google apps
It seems certain Android devices can become a bit more expensive in the future. With Google planning to charge for the apps previously pre-installed. It is still not clear how the model will work, but Google will for the first time charge money for the use of these services. It is less likely that Google will change its decision, and this means the manufacturers will pass on such additional costs to the customers.
Many of you have been using Google apps in your daily life like Maps, Gmail, calendars etc. If the manufacturers don’t offer these apps it certainly is not going to make the consumers happy. This is certainly not good as finally the consumer has to pay for all this. Either by paying high prices or less frequent updates, which means the only one to gain out of this whole issue is Google. Earlier everything offered by Google was free.
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