Google will give Android users a choice of browser and search engine in Europe

Google has announced that it will start asking European Android users what browser and search engine they would prefer to use on their devices, after a regulatory action against the company for the way it includes the software in its mobile operating system. Last year, EU regulators fined Google with a record $ 5 billion for violating antitrust laws and was ordered to stop "illegally linking" Chrome and its search application to Android.

and other applications while offering the option to include Chrome and the Google search application in the general package for free. Now, vice president of global affairs Kent Walker says in a blog post, Google will go one step further by offering users of "new and existing Android devices in Europe" a direct choice of services.

"On Android phones, he has" I could always install any search engine or browser I want, regardless of what comes pre-installed on the phone when I bought it, "says Walker." In fact, a typical user of an Android phone it will generally install around 50 additional applications on your phone … Now we will also do more to make sure that Android phone owners know the wide variety of browsers and search engines available for download on their phones. "

Google has not said when it will happen beyond "in the next few months", nor has it said which competing products will stand out. The move will generate an unavoidable comparison with Microsoft's "vote by browser" website that showed Internet Explorer users in 2010 to comply with a similar decision by the European Commission. Microsoft removed the page in 2014 after its obligation expired.

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