Android Developers will have to pay as much as $40 per Device to Include Google Suite in Europe
- Salman Ahmed
- October 19th, 2018
The situation for Android developers is getting hard since under new EU law, now they have to pay a hefty amount to include Google Play Store and other associated apps in Europe.
According to “The Verge,” the amount paid by Android developers is up to $40 per device to install “Google Mobile Services” suite for apps such as Google Play Store.
Furthermore, the amount will vary based on the device and country, which will be implemented after February 2019.
However, the smartphone manufactures will not have to bear the cost since “Google is also offering separate agreements to cover some or all of the licensing costs for companies that choose to install Chrome and Google search on their devices as well.”
The licensing terms of Google are significantly modifying in Europe on behalf of the EU commission. In official public statements, its look like Google was not comfortable to reveal the information regarding how EU structured the fees model.
However, documents open the deal information that represents the charges will be charged according to pixel density and country.
Countries that come under top tier categories are UK, Germany, Norway, Sweden, and the Netherlands. For top-tier category countries, devices with more than 500ppi density would have to pay a $40 fee to avail suit’s of Google apps, according to the agreement.
However, devices that come between 400ppi to 500ppi would pay $20, while under 400ppi devices would pay $10. Moreover, in some countries, for lower-end devices, the charges can be as minimum as $2.50 per device.
It’s steely to figure out why the fee is based on pixel density, but this is the only scale to set the price for every device. In simple higher the pixel of your device will cost you more. Not only smartphones devices but tablets would also face a fee, maximum up to $20 per device
Beyond offsetting the upfront fees, manufacturers that don’t pre-install Chrome could also miss out on search revenue from the browser, a long-standing incentive to prioritize Google and its apps.
According to the new agreement, Google would not pay search revenue sharing for devices that do not pre-install Chrome and place it in the phone’s home screen dock.
“If the Company elects not to place the Google Chrome browser on the Application Dock for any Qualified Device(s) supplied into the EEA [European Economic Area],” the agreement reads, “Company will not be entitled to any portion of revenue generated from Google Chrome for such Qualified Device(s).”