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Device makers will also now be able to install rival modified, or "forked", versions of Android, the most widely used mobile operating system.

The European Commission in July hit Google with its biggest ever fine, imposing a 4.34 billion euro ($5 billion) penalty, giving the United States tech giant 90 days to change its practices.

It's among measures the company is taking to comply with the July ruling by European Union authorities that found Google allegedly abused the dominance of Android to stifle competitors, even as it appeals the decision.

The crux of the issue is the monopoly Google has garnered within the Android app marketplace and the advertising advantage this provides the company. One of the things the company will do is to start charging smartphone makers a licensing fee to use Google Play. This means the pre-installation and priority status of Android applications like Google Search, Gmail, Google Maps, the Google Play Store, etc., will no longer be required. Manufacturers aren't going to be keen on shipping Android phones without the entire Google app collection - this is, after all, what customers have come to expect. Android will remain free and open source.

'Android partners wishing to distribute Google apps may also build non-compatible, or forked, smartphones and tablets for the EEA, ' Lockheimer said. "We will offer separate licenses to the Google Search app and to Chrome". Even a company as big as Microsoft has found it incredibly hard to compete with Google's search engine.

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Desktop progressive web apps can be "installed" on the user's device much like native apps.

In a post on the official Google Blog titled "Complying with the EC's Android decision", Google outlined a few changes coming to the Google app licensing agreements that it offers to Android OEMs. Android contributes to this, though, as phone makers who want access to Gmail, YouTube, and other related software have to include the Google Search App and the Chrome browser on their devices.

The new licensing fees will enter into effect in two weeks, on October 29.

This rule really helped Google keep an iron grip over the Android OEMs, because it stopped them from even experimenting outside of the Google ecosystem. The latest Chrome upgrade comes with the rare collaborative support between Google's browser and Microsoft's Windows 10 that allows the browser to install PWA's as regular applications on Windows 10.

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