The removal of GMS will also reduce the price of the handset.
Users will have many search engine options.
The native operating system BharOS will get a boost.
New Delhi. Google has announced a change to its Android policy (Google Android Policy Change). Google is deciding how to handle Android in India, the world’s second largest smartphone market. Not only the users but also the developers have to accept the rules that Google makes (Google Rules). Google’s policy change has now cleared the way for the development of the government-owned indigenous mobile operating system BharOS. Not only this, removing the obligation to install Google apps and allowing the use of forked versions of Android also paved the way for cheaper mobile handsets in the market.
Notably, last week, Google approached the Supreme Court to avoid a fine of Rs 1,338 crore imposed by the Competition Commission of India (CCI), but Google faced a major setback in the court. Following this, Google on Wednesday announced a change in its rules for the Android platform in India.
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Will be able to create forked versions of Android
According to a report by Indian Express, smartphone makers will now have the option to create an authorized forked version of Android. Due to this, the competition in the mobile operating system market will increase. Many Indian startups can benefit from this. Its biggest advantage will be the native mobile operating system BharOS. Mobile manufacturers can now use it.
Smartphones will be cheaper
Mobile handset manufacturers can now acquire separate licenses for Google apps. Earlier, they had to obtain a license for Google Mobile Services (GMS), which allowed them to install Gmail, Google Maps and Google Play Store on their handsets. Now the removal of GMS will also reduce the price of the handset. This will help companies launch Android smartphones under Rs 3,000, which was not possible earlier due to the high cost of GMS.
Google’s move has opened up a new market for ultra-affordable phones in India. The new rules may encourage local players to re-enter the smartphone business. Google will not face any loss in this as it will continue to receive license fees from manufacturers for using its mobile services.
Users will get more options
After the changes made by Google, users will now have many options as a search engine. Users can use their preferred search engine such as Bing or DuckDuckGo when setting up the device. Until now, users had to use the pre-installed Google search engine on Android devices. But, that won’t happen anymore. Thus users will have more options of Surge Engine. Users cannot remove pre-installed apps from Google. With Google changing its Android policy, it will not be mandatory for mobile manufacturers to sell their handsets with Google’s apps.
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First Published: January 27, 2023, 14:55 IST