Google lets Android users choose browsers to ease EU antitrust concerns

Ruben Fields
April 20, 2019

Google notes that the app selection will vary by country, and that new apps "will be included based on their popularity and shown in a random order".

Brussels accused Google of using the Android system's dominance of smartphones and tablets to promote the use of its own Google search engine and Chrome browser and shut out rivals. These screens will be presented to users when they open Google Play Store for the first time and users can download alternative search apps and browsers from these screens.

Google plans to display the screens that you see above to Android users when they open Google Play after the change has landed on the device.

Once the update has been installed, the next visit to the Google Play Store will throw up two panels, asking users to choose from a selection of five browsers and five search engines to install and optionally make the device's default.

Google appealed the fine in October but a week later announced steps it would take to comply with the ruling.

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The draft Order would also find that China Mobile is vulnerable to exploitation, influence, and control by the Chinese government. The FCC is planning to vote on a proposal that would prevent China Mobile from building telecom facilities in the US.

Revelations about apps from the Google Play Store sneaking past available protections and collecting gobs of user data without permission are nothing new, but a new investigation has revealed an especially troubling pattern of behavior among one particular set of apps. They also weren't thrilled with the payments Google made to manufacturers that promised to install just one search app on their phones.

Google implements these changes as a response to feedback provided by the European Union.

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Google was last month slapped with a record €4.34bn (£3.8bn) fine over its "anticompetitive" Android OS, with the EC at the time scolding the firm for giving itself an unfair advantage by pre-installing its Chrome browser and Google search app on Android devices. It is unclear by how much, but if Opera's experience back in 2010 is anything to go by, it could very well triple downloads easily.

Google is to offer Android users in Europe a choice of rival search engines and browsers in a bid to ease anti-trust concerns.

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