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Google required to stop ‘illegally tying’ Chrome and search apps to Android

 

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Google has been hit with a record-breaking €4.3 billion ($5 billion) fine by EU regulators for breaking antitrust laws. The European Commission says Google has abused its Android market dominance in three key areas. Google has been bundling its search engine and Chrome apps into the operating system. Google has also allegedly blocked phone makers from creating devices that run forked versions of Android, and it “made payments to certain large manufacturers and mobile network operators” to exclusively bundle the Google search app on handsets.

 

The European Commission now wants Google to bring its “illegal conduct to an end in an effective manner within 90 days of the decision.” That means Google will need to stop forcing manufacturers to preinstall Chrome and Google search in order to offer the Google Play Store on handsets. Google will also need to stop preventing phone makers from using forked versions of Android, as the commission says Google “did not provide any credible evidence that Android forks would be affected by technical failures or fail to support apps.” Google’s illegal payments for app bundling ceased in 2014 after the EU started to look into the issue.

 

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Android has long been considered open-source software, but Google has slowly been adding key components into its Google Play Services software and associated agreements. Alongside anti-fragmentation agreements to keep manufacturers on Google’s version of Android, most Android handsets (outside of China) now ship with Google’s software and services bundled on them.

 

The EU has now ordered Google to adhere to its judgment within 90 days and unbundle search and Chrome from its Android offering. With Google appealing the decision, the legal process is likely to run for many years ahead. While many had expected Google to face its own “Microsoft moment,” the EU doesn’t seem to be forcing any strong future oversight on Android or asking Google to modify its software to include a ballot for alternative browsers or search engines.

 

This decision seems to be more about preventing Google from bundling its services to Android, than forcing the company to change Android significantly. Phone manufacturers will still be free to bundle Chrome and Google search apps if they wish, but they won’t be forced to do so, and they’ll be free to offer devices with forked versions of Android.

 

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Google needs to be fined, Android has become more like a nightmare to sanitize lately (root is mandatory now).

 

The Google Apps like Chrome, Google Talk, Google Maps etc aren't core parts of the system and shouldn't be required:

If they still want to require them, then they are to be bundled as User Applications and not System ones.

 

The Google Play Services & Google Play Store however are indeed core parts of Android.

 

The device manufacturers should also get a fine as well for masquerading bloatware & trash apps as System Applications:

Facebook & Twitter are not System Applications and aren't required for Android to work, this is plain stupid.

 

The same goes for all the manufacturers' bloatware apps and every useless apps they can make.

 

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Some big changes should be expected in Android due to this. Android is too much connected with the Google products, there should be an option for users to select other things. However, it's likely that if Google does make any changes, then those changes will be seen only in the latest versions of Android.

 

45 minutes ago, Rekkio said:

Google needs to be fined, Android has become more like a nightmare to sanitize lately (root is mandatory now).

 

The Google Apps like Chrome, Google Talk, Google Maps etc aren't core parts of the system and shouldn't be required:

If they still want to require them, then they are to be bundled as User Applications and not System ones.

 

The Google Play Services & Google Play Store however are indeed core parts of Android.

 

The device manufacturers should also get a fine as well for masquerading bloatware & trash apps as System Applications:

Facebook & Twitter are not System Applications and aren't required for Android to work, this is plain stupid.

 

The same goes for all the manufacturers' bloatware apps and every useless apps they can make.

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Could not agree more with you there.

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