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The days of Google letting device makers install its apps for free in Europe are almost over

Google EU response Android licensing

It looks like Google is going to potentially start making bank by licensing out its app suite to Android handset makers in Europe. That's according to documents obtained by The Verge, which show how in response to a major anti-trust ruling against Google from the European Union this summer, the company is starting to rework the terms of how its Android OS is distributed within the EU.

The ruling barred Google from mandating that phone makers bundle Google's Chrome and search applications with the rest of its app suit. Google, according to the documents, is essentially saying, okay -- we'll break out our apps from the OS, license out the app suite and charge as many as $40 per device for the privilege of obtaining that license. The license fee, it should be pointed out, varies from country to country and by phone type, with that $40 representing the top end. It also should be noted that Google might agree to cover at least some of the license cost if the handset makers go on and install Chrome and search as well, along with the rest of the app bundle.

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