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Android smartphone makers will have increased flexibility to distribute search and browser apps from Google's rivals such as Microsoft, Opera Ltd and Mozilla to develop devices with the operating system heavily customized.
After receiving a record-breaking €4.34 billion fine in the European Union for violating anti-trust laws, Google has announced today changes to Android's licensing model for the European Union zone. "But the company tied the use of the popular Play store, where customers can download more than one million apps made by outside developers, to requirements that device makers feature other, ad-driven services like Google's search engine and web browser".
The alternative is to use none of Google's suite of apps, and thus don't get access to the official Play Store.
First, we're updating the compatibility agreements with mobile device makers that set out how Android is used to develop smartphones and tablets.
"Device manufacturers will be able to license the Google mobile application suite separately from the Google Search App or the Chrome browser", said Hiroshi Lockheimer, senior vice president of platform and ecosystems at Google.
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.
But if Google had failed to ensure compliance with the Commission decision, it would be liable to fines of up to 5 percent of the average daily worldwide turnover of Alphabet, Google's parent company.
Now that all Android software isn't free, only time will tell if device makers will ask consumers to cover the cost of licensing fees.
These new rules will take effect on October 29.
"The big challenge for phone-makers is to try to replicate the success that Apple has had with monetising its devices after they have been bought, which it has done by selling services such as iCloud storage and Apple Music". Google Search and Chrome will now be licensed (for free) as a separate and optional package.
The way OEMs ship Android on devices in Europe will be quite different going forward, as Google explains in a new blog post.
Israeli forces conduct overnight detention raids nearly on a daily basis across the West Bank, triggering clashes with residents. The Israelis blame Palestinian violence, "incitement" and intransigence for the lack of progress in peace efforts.
One source close to the investigation told AFP that the 64-year-old senior Communist Party official did not disappear in France . While Meng is head of the executive committee that oversees Interpol , the agency is run by Secretary General Juergen Stock.
Democrats have raised concerns that the investigation has been too narrow in scope, and that key witnesses have been omitted. Flake, Collins and Murkowski all have criticized Trump for mocking Ford at a political rally in MS on Tuesday.
It is hoped that by studying the rocket's remains will allow engineers to determine the exact cause of Thursday's failure. Russian space agency Roscosmos has released photographs of both astronauts being checked over after their abrupt landing.
The Coast Guard said it rescued at least 27 people before and after the hurricane's landfall, mostly from coastal homes. The hurricane disrupted power supply to 7 lakh homes and businesses in Georgia , Alabama and Florida.
In the short term he will provide the decisive fifth vote for a conservative majority on the nine-member court. A vote to confirm Judge Kavanaugh today is also a vote to send a clear message about what the Senate is.
As the plan was taking shape, Rosenstein went to the White House expecting he would be fired but wound up staying in his job. The official who described Rosenstein's plans was not authorized to speak publicly about the trip and requested anonymity.
Walker Buehler was set to start for the Dodgers Monday, while German Marquez was slated to get the ball for the Rockies. At least Joe Maddon's team got a taste of the pressure on Sunday when they had to win to just get the shot on Monday.
Ri also said that North Korea was "unwavering" in its commitment to implementing the joint declaration signed in Singapore by U.S. He said the United States was insisting on a "denuclearisation first" policy that "increased the level of sanctions ".
The risk of life-threatening storm surge , heavy rainfall , and unsafe winds is increasing for the northeastern Gulf Coast. After making landfall, Michael will move quickly inland, and this is where things get interesting for central Georgia.
As the investigation of past actions continues, lawmakers in both parties are parsing Kavanaugh's testimony from last week. Ford specifically recalled the pain of Brett Kavanaugh and (alleged co-assailant) Mark Judge laughing at her".
Veteran workhorse Jon Lester pitched valiently going six strong innings giving up only one run while striking out nine batters. The Cubs defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2015 to spark a run to the NLCS, which ended at the hands of the New York Mets.
Princess Eugenie's Second Wedding Dress Revealed
The account then shared another photo of the newlyweds at Royal Lodge, Windsor, ahead of a private dinner after their ceremony. Wearing a Zac Posen gown, Eugenie looks lovingly at her new husband, who is smiling at the camera and holding her hand.
Mendy returns for Man City in top of the table Liverpool clash
We want to create but when you make a mistake - if it is an open game at Anfield, you don't even have one per cent of a chance. But Mahrez looked nervous as he thumped the penalty high over the bar knowing one goal would have clinched the three points.
Celebs and royals rub shoulders at Princess Eugenie's wedding
Prince Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank's choice of a reading from The Great Gatsby at their wedding has left people slightly confused. Other famous guests include Ellie Goulding , Cara Delevingne , Robbie Williams, James Blunt and Holly Candy (formerly Vallance).
2 killed as Cyclone Titli smashes eastern India
All fishing boats and trawlers over North Bay and the deep sea have been advised to remain sheltered till further notice. Horticulture crops suffered extensive damage in Srikakulam district while paddy suffered damage in Vizianagaram.
Chelsea midfielder Cesc happy with deeper Sarri role
And the 27-year-old has revealed that Sarri's style is behind his resurgence. "I wish he came a bit earlier to be honest. I've been very happy for the last four years and a half, we've had great success, won many things.
Second referendum to be ‘politicians vote: UK PM
Ready to get going on the meat of it, though? Theresa May speaks during the Conservative Party Conference in Birmingham . But she acknowledged that, a decade after the 2008 crash, the after-effects were still being felt by many households.
Emergency alert test going out to phones nationwide Wednesday
Even if the handset is missing a SIM card or isn't activated, if it's on and not in a phone call it will receive the notification. It finally happened-the " presidential alert " was sent to people's cellphones, and of course, everyone began riffing on it.