Google starts asking Android users in Europe which browser they want

Alonzo Simpson
April 20, 2019

The company adds that when a user downloads a search app from the screen, it'll also ask them whether they want to change Chrome's default search. Google will display five alternative apps and alternatives will be selected based on their popularity and shown in a random order.

After the necessary update has been installed, Google says that the new screen will be displayed the first time a user opens Google Play. One screen will present five options for search apps, and one screen will present five options for browsers.

The new options will appear on both new Android phones sold in Europe as well as on existing devices in the region.

With the update that's rolling out, users will be presented with two screens that offer them the option to install a different search engine or web browser the next time they open Google Play Store.

"There also is no legitimate reason Google search is still the default in most web browsers and even on Apple products", its chairman Michael Weber said.

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The changes could help Google avoid additional competition fines from the European Commission, which ordered it to change its behaviour or face further penalties past year. For the uninitiated, DU Group is a Chinese app developing company that was spun off from mega search giant Baidu and claims to have 1 billion users worldwide.

Google hopes that this step will meet the demands of the European Commission. This week Google is implementing actual software changes to Android. They are set by default on devices with the Android operating system, which is also from Google.

They were also made to set Google Search as the default, as a condition of licensing other Google apps, the European Union said. These restrictions allowed the Mountain View company to cement its search and browser dominance, the commission ruled.

The app, however, was found to have code that fraudulently clicks on ads without the user realizing it, something that gobbles up data and drains the phone battery (Google banned the app, and several others, after BuzzFeed's report was published). Pictures show two new setup screens in Android, one shows the now installed search engine (usually Google Search) and offers to install alternatives like DuckDuckGo and Qwant.

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