Originally Posted by murraypaul
For most brand-name devices, they do get a small fee per device sold. [Or at least could, they might negotiate a flat fee instead.]
A fee for what? Where did you read this?
Google Play and the other Google apps.
The OS is open-source and free, the apps are not.
Access to Google Play is free. The OEMs are not charged a fee for offering this on their phones. Most Google-branded apps are also free. Sure, Google charges a percentage for each third-party
app sold, but that's not what I was referring to. It seems to me that they left a lot of profit on the table by forgoing fees for both the Android OS and for Google-branded apps. Which is why I said they are not a selfish company.