Reply to post: Re: Or the fourth option...

Sure, Europe. Here's our Android suite without Search, Chrome apps. Now pay the Google tax

Charlie Clark Silver badge

Re: Or the fourth option...

"Sod it, we won't license Android for use in the EU."

This is a silly strawman: AOSP is already out there and won't be going away. Not sure that such a restriction would stand up in court, but it's irrelevant. Google has, however, been moving components, including OS updates to Play Services and there is not yet a reliable replacement for this yet. A marketplace might be interesting but, of course, API compatbility would be crucial.

I think Google might stand to benefit from competition here, it does provide some top-class services and I can see an advantage in getting out of as much direct interaction with consumers as possible: don't run the app store but provide the infrastructure (including code checking) for one.

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