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Google tweaks Android licensing terms in Europe to allow Google app unbundling — for a fee

Google is preparing for a major shift to its business model in response to a record-breaking EU fine this summer over the rules that Google binds Android handset makers to if they want access to the OS -- rules that include requiring those handset manufacturers to set Google’s own search and web browsers as the default offerings. Under updated "compatibility agreements", he writes that mobile device makers will be able to build and sell Android devices intended for the European Economic Are...

Google Stops Updating Chrome For Android 4.0

Google Stops Updating Chrome For Android 4.0 Google today announced that Chrome 42 will be the last version of its mobile browser to run on devices that still use Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS), which launched in 2011. Chrome will still continue to run on these devices, but Google will freeze development and Android 4.0 users will not receive any updates beyond Chrome 42, which for release in mid-April 2015. Version 42 will still receive security updates for a little while, but once C...