Google has announced that it will be making various changes to the Android platform in India. This comes after the company was fined $161 million by the Indian Competition Commission.
This change includes the ability for users to purchase apps and games via third-party billion dollar bills on the Google Play Store, as well as various other changes. Here are the upcoming changes for Android.
However, we have made some changes as directed by CCI. Implementing these changes across the ecosystem is a complex process, requires a lot of work on our part, and often requires support from partners, original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), and developers. will require a great deal of effort.
Here are the key changes we are making to our platform and business in India:
- OEMs can license individual Google apps to pre-install on their devices.
- Android users were able to customize their devices to their liking. Indian users will now have the option to choose their default search engine via a selection screen that appears as soon as the user sets up her new Android smartphone or tablet in India.
- We are updating Android compatibility requirements to introduce changes for partners building incompatible or forked variants.
- User Choice Billing will be available for all apps and games starting next month. User Choice Billing allows developers to give users the option to select a billing system other than Google Play’s billing system when purchasing in-app digital content.
- Android has always supported installing apps from various sources, including sideloading apps directly from developer websites. We recently made changes to Android’s installation flow and auto-update functionality for sideloaded apps and app stores to help users understand potential security risks.
- We’ve expanded our online resources, such as Help Center articles and FAQs, to provide more information about the services Google Play offers and when and how Google Play service fees apply.
You can read more about all the changes Google is bringing to Android in India on their website linked below.
Source Google, TechCrunch
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