- Sep 20, 2021
Google just revealed that Android users from the European Union would be presented with options to change the default search engine and browser. The move comes months after the Alphabet subsidiary was hit with a $5 billion penalty by EU antitrust regulators for it reportedly forced manufacturers to preinstall certain Google apps on Android devices.
The changes will be implemented in two different locations on existing and new Android devices. Google plans to display the screens for Android users when they open Google Play after the change has landed on the device.
Google laid out plans in Europe for Android users to choose a different default search or browser app. Product Management Director Paul Gennai, in a new blog post, introduces the changes that will come as part of an imminent Google Play Store update.
The option is rolling out over the coming weeks, but the company has just published screenshots and information on the process. The screenshots, however, shows search apps from DuckDuckGo, Qwant, Seznam.cz and Ecosia, and the browsers Firefox, Opera, Microsoft Edge, and Puffin.
Though it’s not clear how much of a difference will this mark to Chrome or Google Search’s dominance as for Android is concerned yet this move should help Google appease European regulators.