Google will send out search and browser recommendations to European Union users

Google will send out search and browser recommendations to European Union users

Lindsey Duncan
April 21, 2019

The EU fined Google, saying it had an unfair advantage by pre-installing its Chrome browser and Google search app on Android smartphones and notebooks.

This will enable the company to conduct comprehensive checks on the app before they go live and maintain the "high quality" of Google Play Store as well. "The screens are rolling out over the next few weeks and will apply to both existing and new Android phones in Europe".

GOOGLE WILL LET Android users choose their web browser and search engine starting today in a bid to placate the European Commission (EC). 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.

Each contains five of the most popular applications in their field, showcased in a random order with a shortcut to install them to the right-hand side. Google also announced it would be hiring more people to evaluate apps on the Play Store. Google confirmed to the publication that it removed six DU apps from Google Play, but hasn't detailed on how it will address the Play Store policy abuse issue at large.

The European Commission slapped Google with three multi-billion fines in each case, which Google has contested. It seems that this was not a full OS update either as the build number remained unchanged.

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After extensive research, Google found that these apps ask for unnecessary permissions and commit ad frauds using these extra permissions. Google has since confirmed that it would inform Android phone owners in Europe of their browser and search engine choices.

Once installed, the browser or search app will then show up on an additional screen.

Google has faced a tough battle with European Union legislators, which accused the Internet giant of forcing phone manufacturers to preinstall Google apps like Search and Chrome on Android devices.

Android users may install one or multiple of the offered apps with a tap on the install button. The Redmond, Washington-based company agreed in 2009 to present Windows users with a choice of a dozen web browsers when setting up the operating system, downgrading its own Internet Explorer from being the controversial default to just an option among many.