Google offers Android users in Europe much more search, web browser choices

Google on Thursday laid out exactly how it intends to provide Android individuals in Europe more search application as well as internet browser choices, in order to follow a European Commission anti-trust ruling versus it.

Back in July 2018, the European Commission struck Google with a record EUR4.34 billion fine for its constraints on Android device manufacturers and also network operators, charging the restrictions were indicated to “cement its dominant position generally internet search.”

Google appealed the penalty in October yet a week later on revealed actions it would take to follow the ruling. After that in March, the firm revealed it would certainly offer much more search as well as web browser alternatives for Android users in Europe. In a post-Thursday, Google item manager Paul Gennai clarified just how it would do so: Over the following couple of weeks, Google will certainly begin presenting brand-new displays that will turn up the first time a European Android customer opens Google Play after receiving an inbound update. One display will certainly provide 5 options for search apps, and one display will certainly provide 5 choices for internet browsers.

The listings will include any search apps or browsers that are currently set up. Applications that aren’t installed will certainly be picked based on their appeal and also displayed in random order. The new screens will turn up on both new and existing Android phones in Europe.

If a customer does select to download and install any kind of brand-new search applications or browsers, Google will certainly then assist the customer set them up. If a customer downloads a search application from the display, Google will additionally ask them whether they want to alter Chrome’s default online search engine the following time they open up Chrome.

Meanwhile, the European Commission last month fined Google yet once more, this time around hitting the business with a EUR1.49 billion penalty over agreements with third-party sites that locked out competitors from placing search ads on these sites.

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