Google to ask Android users to choose preferred browser
Google will prompt Android users to choose their preferred web browser and search apps, a senior Google executive said Tuesday, as it tries to avoid new EU antitrust sanctions.
The European Commissionof 4.34 billion euros ($5 billion) in July over antitrust violations related to the Android mobile operating system. Google’s agreements with phone makers such as Huawei, Samsung and LG put those companies at a disadvantage because they’re completely dependent on Android, the EU said.
Android users have always had the ability to install any browser they wanted, but now Google will highlight that they have other browser and search engine options.
Google will do more to “ensure that Android phone owners know about the wide choice of browsers and search engines available to download to their phones,” Kent Walker, senior vice president of Google, wrote in a blog post. “This will involve asking users of existing and new Android devices in Europe which browser and search apps they would like to use.”
In response to the $5 billion fine, Google said in October it would begin Maps, Gmail and Google-owned YouTube. Another license will let phone makers include Google’s search engine and Chrome browser.in Europe that want to include its Google Play app store,
The EU’s investigation into Android dominance dates back to 2016. In June 2017,over abusing the way it .
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