US company, while trying to address the EU’s concerns over antitrust and to avoid new sanctions, said Google will allow users of Android devices in Europe to choose their default search engine from four options, including Google search.
The new Android smartphones and tablets delivered in the European Economic Area (EEA) will host a “choice screen” displaying four search engines from which users can make their choice, from the beginning of 2020, said Google in a blog post.
Search engine providers will be allowed to bid in an auction that will be conducted in each EEA country, to win a spot on the users’ screens, along with Google, to become the device’s default search engine on the Android home screen as well as the Chrome browser, the three highest bidders for a given country will appear on the ‘choice screen’.
Google’s decision following last year’s decision by the European Commission to fined 4.34 billion euros ($ 4.81 billion) to the tech giant for blocking competition on Android mobile operation system.
The European Commission said Google had an unfair advantage in preinstalling its Chrome browser and Google search app on Android smartphones and laptops.
Since then, Google has allowed Android users in Europe to choose from five browsers and search engines competitors.
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13 November, 2019