Google to let Android users in EU choose browsers

Sunday, 21 Apr, 2019

An antitrust lawsuit was filed against Google with the European Commission stating that the tech giant forces phone manufacturers to preinstall all Google apps often called Google Suite.

The European Commission slapped Google with three multi-billion fines in each case, which Google has contested.

Once installed, the browser or search app will then show up on an additional screen. Google has stated that it will be "evolving the implementation over time", meaning there will be even more changes yet to be revealed. Once the update rolls out, Android users will be greeted with two screens when they first open the Play Store, one concerning the default Search service and the other pertaining to the default browser.

Google has introduced its new Search App and Browser selection options for Android users in Europe.

They were also made to set Google Search as the default, as a condition of licensing other Google apps, the European Union said. "Bad-faith developers often try to get around this by opening new accounts or using other developers' existing accounts to publish unsafe apps", he explained.

In the wake of the $5 billion antitrust fine it received from the European Commission previous year, Google laid out plans to prompt Android users in Europe to choose a different default search or browser app.

If a search app is downloaded, Google Chrome will display a notification on next start that informs the user that the search engine can be changed.

Apart from this, when you open the Google Chrome app, you will be asked whether you want to change your phone's default browser app.

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

Android users may install one or multiple of the offered apps with a tap on the install button.

The update has been rolled out to the users in Europe.

The ten apps are chosen based on their popularity and shown in a random order. But it arrived as Internet Explorer's dominance was being eroded anyway by Mozilla's Firefox and Google's Chrome, and was deemed unlikely to have contributed significantly to its eventual demise.