Google is splitting up Chrome, Search, and Android for the European Union

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The European Commission fined Google $5 billion due to what the commission considered antitrust violations due to the company requiring Google Search and Chrome to be installed on Android devices that use the Google app suite. The crux of the EC's decision earlier this year was its opinion that Google was taking advantage of its position as a dominant operating system to be unfriendly to companies making Android devices.

One bundle will include the Play Store, Google Maps, Gmail, and YouTube.

Last week, Google appealed the EU's biggest ever anti-trust fine, saying that Android had "created more choice, not less". Instead, they can license the Play Store, Chrome and search, and other mobile apps separately. This means that companies will still be able to create their own versions.

Google is also splitting up the licenses for Android, the Google Search app, and Chrome.

Next are the changes to the way Google apps are licensed. If a company in the EEA wants to make Android devices with Google apps, sans Search and Chrome, it will now have to pay for the privilege.

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"Since the pre-installation of Google Search and Chrome together with our other apps helped us fund the development and free distribution of Android, we will introduce a new paid licensing agreement for smartphones and tablets shipped into the EEA", Hiroshi Lockheimer, senior vice president for platforms and ecosystems, said in a blog.

Google is now making several changes to how Android licensing works in the European Union, to comply with the latest ruling.

First, we're updating the compatibility agreements with mobile device makers that set out how Android is used to develop smartphones and tablets. In response, Google CEO Sundar Pichai argued that users could easily install alternatives to Google's apps if they wanted.

The coming weeks will reveal whether Google's appeal is accepted or the original decision is enacted, but Google plans on placing the above licensing changes into effect on October 29 regardless.

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