>> Phone maker, Huawei launched its new flagship handsets in London this week. In the EU the Chinese firm may face a new bill from Google. There the US giant is set to charge manufacturers for access to its app marketplace, Google Play. In return they are freed from any obligation to install Google's other software such as Search.
That's after European regulators found that Google had broken ani-trust laws. Reuters' senior technology correspondent, Doug Busvine is in Frankfurt.>> Google's show is very much still on the road.>> He says both parties may be happy.>> Google is essentially replacing a bar to arrangement with one that generates license fees.
Before, it used to require Android smartphone makers to preinstall apps like Google Search or its Chrome browser. In return, it would get loads of data on the online behavior of users, and that enabled it to target ads at them. Its main source of revenue. Now that implicit exchange of value is becoming an explicit one, say analyst.
They add that Google seems to have found a way to ensure that Android, which is installed on nine in ten of the world smartphones, continues to work in its favor.>> In July, the European Commission fined Google $5 billion over the antitrust charges. The company is appealing the ruling.
Now, the new arrangement would seem to open the door to rivals like Microsoft. They might be able to get their software onto more phones at Google's expense. Such as Google's dominance however, there is little sign that it's looking scared.