Google introduces Android search and browser app choices for users in Europe

Google Adds Search and Browser Ballot Screens to Android in the EU - Thurrott.com

The Google-made browser is used by 89% of Android users according to research firm NetMarketShare. The move comes as Google is "addressing European Union antitrust concerns and staving off fresh sanctions", the report says.

The screens will appear the first time you open the Play Store after the update, and further instructions on how to set any newly installed app will also be offered.

Buzzfeed News was able to identify the apps by going through the Google Play Store to identify ones that asked for a large number of user permissions.

The screens will be rolling out to both new and existing Android phones in Europe over the coming weeks.

Google has announced plans of presenting new screens to Android users in Europe, giving them an option to download search apps and browsers of their choice. However, the company is preparing for something new to give its users freedom of selection of their favorite web-browser app. Google states that "Apps that are not already installed on the device will be included based on their popularity and shown in a random order". Google has stated that it will be "evolving the implementation over time", meaning there will be even more changes yet to be revealed.

European Commission also found that Google granted financial incentives to some of the largest device manufacturers as well as mobile network operators on condition that they exclusively pre-installed Google Search across their entire portfolio of Android devices.

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With these changes, the company aims to make the Play Store app review process more transparent for the developers who would be communicated in details regarding the betterment of their apps along with rejections and appeals - if there are any.

Android Q hints that Google is exploring the idea of pushing Android updates via the Play Store, rather than settings.

The browser app and search engine apps will be presented to you as per your country's database and populairty.

Remember previous year when the European Commission fined Google $5.04 billion?

People with an Android phone will soon see more search apps and browsers that they can use. In response to the ruling by the European Commission, Google is introducing new screens for those in Europe.

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