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Google does not allow manufacturers of televisions with Android TV to use Android forks

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The television market is similar to that found in smartwatches. I explain. If we talk about operating systems for smartwatches we have Wear OS, Tizen and watchOS mainly. If we talk about televisions, we have Tizen, WebOS, Android TV, tvOS not forgetting the Android fork that Amazon uses in its set-top boxes.

When a company uses Google's Android it must meet a series of requirements such as Do not launch Android forks on your device. By skipping this rule, manufacturers risk losing access to Google apps, including the Play Store.

This requirement is more than enough to don't play with google, especially among manufacturers that do not have their own operating system. Losing access to the Play Store can be a headache for the company, as we are seeing with Huawei, whose sales will drop by 20% throughout this year compared to the previous year.

But it seems that Google also has an iron hand with television manufacturers. According to an employee of a major manufacturer of televisions managed by Android, if he uses a fork that is not the version that Google offers them, they would lose access to the Play Store, and therefore, to the set of Google applications.

When manufacturers reach an agreement with Google to license Android, this agreement includes both smartphone and televisions, a commitment that forces them not to use an Android fork at any time, since they would lose access to Google services for all their products, both smartphones and televisions.

LG and Samsung use an operating system that is not based on Android (WebOS and Tizen respectively). Sony and Xiaomi are some of the manufacturers that sell both smartphones and televisions, manufacturers that could be affected by this agreement, which can not be breached at any time if it wants to continue maintaining the Play Store.

This binding agreement has removed from the market the fork that we can find in the Amazon set-top boxes, like the Fire TV, of the market, more than enough reason for the competition regulatory authorities to see more than enough reason to investigate and subsequently sanction Google.