Android might not stay free thanks to massive fine

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Android might not stay free thanks to massive fine

Google has warned that the €4.3-billion fine from the European Union may “upset the careful balance” the company has struck with Android.

In a statement, Google CEO Sundar Pichai suggested they may not be able to offer Android for free if the decision stands.
 

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Android might not stay free thanks to massive fine

Google has warned that the €4.3-billion fine from the European Union may “upset the careful balance” the company has struck with Android.

In a statement, Google CEO Sundar Pichai suggested they may not be able to offer Android for free if the decision stands.
I'm sure other companies would be happy to fork Android if allowed, especially as Google shouldn't be able to hold google apps to ransom after this judgement.
 

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No, not really. Did you read the article and Google's statement?
yes and the bit about FOR CELL PHONE MANUFACTURERS wasn't relevant? Otherwise, yes it is totally clickbaity. It deliberately creates the impression of 'not free for users'. Completely misleading.

today not a good day for my tolerance levels for BS. report properly without trying to fish for clicks or just get out of my face!! Lying doesn't win friends or influence people except negatively.
 

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yes and the bit about FOR CELL PHONE MANUFACTURERS wasn't relevant? Otherwise, yes it is totally clickbaity. It deliberately creates the impression of 'not free for users'. Completely misleading.
Ok, so you believe that if Google starts charging for Android that the manufacturers will just eat it, and not pass that additional cost onto consumers. Sure.
 

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yes and the bit about FOR CELL PHONE MANUFACTURERS wasn't relevant? Otherwise, yes it is totally clickbaity. It deliberately creates the impression of 'not free for users'. Completely misleading.

today not a good day for my tolerance levels for BS. report properly without trying to fish for clicks or just get out of my face!! Lying doesn't win friends or influence people except negatively.
Only a retard would figure that suddenly the users would need to pay for it.

Of course the manufacturers would be the ones to pay and indirectly pass it on to users.
 

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Only a retard would figure that suddenly the users would need to pay for it.

Of course the manufacturers would be the ones to pay and indirectly pass it on to users.
More than enough "retards" in this world, otherwise known as end users (majority non-techies).
 

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But they give Android away for free. Does Apple give you the choice of an alternative search provider when initially installing?

Maybe charge European importers for a android licensing.
 

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But they give Android away for free. Does Apple give you the choice of an alternative search provider when initially installing?

Maybe charge European importers for a android licensing.
What are you people on about with Apple?

How does Apple relate to any of this?


And yes you can choose your own search provider. Also Apple doesn’t have their own to push on you.
 
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But they give Android away for free. Does Apple give you the choice of an alternative search provider when initially installing?
Apple doesn't make an Android phone.
 

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But they give Android away for free. Does Apple give you the choice of an alternative search provider when initially installing?

Maybe charge European importers for a android licensing.
Safari comes with 4 search engines, Google, DuckDuckGo, bing and yahoo. I think out of the box, Google is enabled by default
 

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Android is for free under an opensource license, you are free to use it or develop your own OS. There is zero compulsion.

Google Mobile Services are separate from Android & released under a different license. You don't have to sign up for this.
 

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The big difference between iOS and Android is that iOS is only available on Apple hardware.

Its why Microsoft gets fined for including a browser on a PC yet Sony can install one on PlayStation without worries. IF Googly only had Android on their Pixel phones this case/fine would not happen.
 
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