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“Samsung devices are responsible for half or more of the revenue Google receives from Google Play, right?”

Yes, says Kolotouros.

That’s why, in February 2019, Google proposed Project Banyan, aka “How do we continue to keep Play as the preeminent distribution platform for Android?” Or at least that’s the first page of a slide deck about Banyan.

It was a short-lived attempt: after Samsung’s June 2019 counteroffer, Google gave up on it, Kolotouros says.