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Google announces updates to Android and Google Play in India: Here are the changes

Google announced that it is making changes to its platforms in India, including allowing equipment manufacturers (OEMs) to license individual Google apps for pre-installation on their devices. The move comes days after the nation’s Supreme Court upheld strict antitrust guidelines, forcing the US company to change the way it markets its popular mobile operating system, Android. Google announced the same in a blog post.
“We take our commitment to comply with local laws and regulations in India seriously. The recent Competition Commission of India (CCI) guidelines for Android and Play require us to make significant changes for India, and today we have released the CCI informed about how we will comply with their guidelines,” the company said
“…we are making some changes as required by the guidelines of the CCI. Implementing these changes across the ecosystem will be a complex process and will require significant work on our part and, in many cases, significant partner effort, original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and developers.”

Here are some key changes Google plans to make to its platforms and operations in India:
* OEMs can license individual Google apps for pre-installation on their devices.
* Android users have always been able to customize their devices according to their preferences. Indian users now have the option to choose their default search engine through a selection screen that will soon appear when a user installs a new Android smartphone or tablet in India.
* We are updating the Android compatibility requirements to reflect changes for partners to build non-compliant or forked variants.
* User-chosen billing will be available for all apps and games starting next month. User choice billing allows developers to offer users the option of choosing an alternative billing system Google Play‘s billing system when purchasing in-app digital content.
* Android has always supported installing apps from various sources, including sideloading, which downloads apps directly from a developer’s website. We’ve recently made changes to the Android install process and auto-update feature for sideloaded apps and app stores while making sure users understand the potential security risks.
Google went on to say it is expanding its online resources, such as Help Center articles and FAQs, to provide more details about the services provided by Google Play and how and when Google Play’s service fees apply.
Will appeal
The company added at the same time that it will appeal the CCI decision. “We will continue to respectfully appeal certain aspects of the CCI’s decisions and will defend our core principles of openness, expanding user choice, providing transparency, and maintaining safety and security that have served the interests of the greater ecosystem the company said.

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