In response to the fine of $5 billion sanctioned by the European Union to Google, it will begin to charge for the use of Android applications.
In a post on the Google blog the head of Android, Hiroshi Lockheimer, said the company would begin to offer paid licenses to manufacturers of smartphones who want to include their applications Maps, YouTube, Gmail and the Google Play application store on their smartphones and tablets for Europe. In addition, through another license, Google will allow phone manufacturers to include the Google Chrome browser and the Google search engine. The Android operating system will continue to be free and open source.
Lockheimer also pointed out that in the future, manufacturers wishing to distribute Google applications in their new devices will also be able to build smartphones and tablets that are not compatible or bifurcated for the European Economic Area (EEA).
These new licenses will go into effect on October 29, 2018 for all new smartphones and tablets launched in Europe. For now there are no known prices that manufacturers of smartphones and tablets will have to pay for licenses.