So I guess Google has to charge for Android as an OS instead?
So you are paying (in many ways) for companies you payed getting it for free...
And maybe the cheapest level of phones would get more expensive.
But for many (most) Android phones (sold in the EU) the price increase if Android isn't free should be fairly small. (Especially given that google still gets a lot of other benefits from people using Android, I mean e.g. Google Play is still the default App store.)
Well yes. But the vendor get its fork from Google, particularly speaking.
From my understanding, vendor are perfectly free to take Android source code and make their own OS . But if you want all the extra provided by Google Android ( the OS ), you have to include all the bundled Software. The current ruling would be like asking Windows to not bundle Email and Browser.
This is similar to the Microsoft ruling where it has to provide a Windows OS that allows multiple Browser options during setup.
Generally speaking EUR doesn't like freemium model. That is why the suggestion of charging for Android. I read it as EU having problem with Google providing Android ( OS ) for free and stifles competition from all of its bundled services.