The Google mobile application suite will no longer be tied to the search app or the Chrome browser, according to a statement from Hiroshi Lockheimer, senior vice-president for Platforms and Ecosystems at Google.
Separate licences for these will be sold by Google in the event that a manufacturer wishes to use these apps in the European Economic Area.
Android partners will also be able to build non-compatible or forked smartphones or tablets for the EEA.
"In this way, Google has used Android as a vehicle to cement the dominance of its search engine. These practices have denied rivals the chance to innovate and compete on the merits.
"They have denied European consumers the benefits of effective competition in the important mobile sphere. This is illegal under EU anti-trust rules."
Lockheimer said the new licensing arrangements would take effect from 29 October.
"We’ll also offer new commercial agreements to partners for the non-exclusive pre-installation and placement of Google Search and Chrome. As before, competing apps may be pre-installed alongside ours," he added.
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