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Comply with an EU antitrust decision, the tech giant will show Android users alternative browser and search engine applications on Google Play. The store will serve two pop-ups: one for search applications, the other for browsers. For each category, users will see a list of the top five apps.
Google blog article on the upcoming update includes an example of what the pop-ups will look like. The image shows Google search and Google Chrome at the top of each list, followed by competing products such as Firefox, Microsoft Edge and DuckDuck Go from Mozilla. However, the current recommendations of the application will be posted in a random order and will vary by country, the company said.
"Users can press to install as many applications as they want.If a search application or additional browser is installed, an additional screen will display with instructions for configuring the application." new application, "added Google. The company will also ask the user if he wants to change Chrome's default search engine in case he downloads a competing search service.
The pop-ups will appear in the coming weeks for new and old Android Phones in Europe.
Last July, the EU fined Google $ 5.1 billion for abusing its power in the smartphone market. Google had asked Android phone manufacturers to pre-install the company's search engine and Chrome browser so they could offer the Google Play Store app on their phones.
This decision recalls Microsoft's global antitrust issues in the 1990s and 2000s. In 2009, Microsoft agreed to no longer make Internet Explorer the default web browser for Windows machines in Europe and has started posting a "browser ballot" displayed in the top five web browsers until 2014.
Since then, Google has become the world leader in browsers and search engines. But if the company faces the same antitrust review in the United States, the vagueness persists. In February, the Federal Trade Commission launched a new working group dedicated to monitoring competition in the technology industry. Meanwhile, lawmakers, Democratic candidates for the presidency, and President Trump have spoken The need for antitrust regulations and investigations to curb Silicon Valley.
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