Google makes changes to Android and Google Play services in India after CCI setback
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- Google has made some changes to Android in line with a directive issued by the
Competition Commission of India.
- The changes come right after the Competition Commission of India (CCI) imposed a penalty of ₹1,337.76 crores on Google for abusing its dominant position in markets related to the Android mobile device ecosystem.
- Here are the changes that Google has announced.
AdvertisementIn the wake of penalties imposed by the Competition Commission of India (CCI),
The changes announced on Wednesday will allow other manufacturers to build forked Android variants (devices without
Sharing this information in a blog post, Google said, “We take our commitment to comply with local laws and regulations in India seriously. The Competition Commission of India (CCI)’s recent directives for Android and Play require us to make significant changes for India, and today we’ve informed the CCI of how we will be complying with their directives.”
The move comes days after the country’s apex court ‘
Following the CCI order, the
Here are key changes that Google has planned
Say no to the suite of pre-loaded Google apps
The very first change is that OEMs will be able to license individual Google apps for pre-installation, meaning OEMs will no longer be forced to pre-install the suite of Google apps on their devices, which is the case right now.
Power to choose a default search engine
Now, Android users in India will have more customization options as they can now choose their default search engine. According to Google, the screen will soon appear when a user sets up a new Android tablet or smartphone in India. It is unclear if existing Android users can remove Google as the default search engine.
Smartphones without Google services
The third change notes that Google is updating the Android compatibility requirements. This will introduce changes for partners to build forked variants of devices, meaning devices without Google Play services and devices can have their app store.
More power to developers
The next update will allow app developers to choose an alternative billing system alongside Google Play’s billing system. Till now, Google has insisted that app developers use the Play billing system, which also means they have to give a 30 percent commission to Google for any digital purchase.
Google has updated and made changes to the Android installation flow and auto-updating capability for sideloaded apps and app stores while ensuring that users understand the potential security risks.
Access to online resources
Google is now expanding its online resources, such as Help Center articles and FAQs. this will provide more detail on services provided by Google Play and how and when the Google Play service fee is applied.
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