Google may charge Chinese phone makers

Google has never charged for Android and its apps because of the revenue it gets through Google Chrome and Google Search. Google has Now revealed its plans to charge Chinese Manufacturers for the Android App’s, in a tweet from official Android account (spotted by Slash leaks), the company has noted that it plan to charge Chinese manufacturers in the third quarter of 2019.

All about It:

After European Commission’s fine on Google in 2018, the firm was asked to stop illegally tying Chrome and search apps to Android.

Thus, Google introduced a new paid licensing Agreement for Smartphones and tablets shipped into the European Economic Area in which it was said to charge hardware firms up to $40 per device to use its apps.

However, it was also reported that the actual charge will vary according to country and handset size, which could be as low as $2.50.


Into New Agreement:

Now it appears that Google is further taking the paid licensing agreement for smartphone and tablets sold in china.

The tweet by Android also notes that when it says about charging Chinese manufacturers in the third Quarter of 2019. These may include Huawei, ZTE, Xiaomi and many other smartphone manufacturers.

In July 2018, the European Commission found Alphabet Inc.’s Google guilty of abusing its market dominance with Android because it legally bound mobile manufacturers to pre-install its Google Search and Google Chrome on their smartphones. Google was fined a record $5 billion because of it.

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Google has never charged for Android and its apps because of the revenue company gets through google chrome and google Search. Considered as core of Android and Google services.

But with new agreement after European Commission’s decision manufactures won’t require to bundle chrome and Search. They will be paying for the Google Play and Apps separately. Although the base Android operating system will remain free and open Source.

Top Chinese phone making companies


Vivo communication technology- electronics company established during the year 2009 and headquartered in Guangdong, China. A Chinese company owned by BBK Electronics. It manufactures smartphones, accessories for smartphones, software, and online services.


Oppo Electronics Corporation- commonly referred to as Oppo. An electronic company headquartered in Guangdong, China. It was established during the year 2001 and is a leading producer of smartphones and other electronic devices.


Huawei is a Chinese company that produces telecommunications equipment and networking equipment. The company headquartered in Guangdong, China. Considered as one of the largest manufacturers of information and communications technology and smart devices in the world.


One Plus- mobile phone company headquartered in Guangdong, China. The company established during the year 2013 and produces smartphones, power banks, earphones, phone cases and many more. It operates in about 34 countries and regions across the world. The company has released multiple phones.

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