Google to charge rivals to become default search engine on Android

Earlier this year, Google presented Android users with an option to download additional search and browser apps in Google Play. This follows the changes that they were made to comply with following the European Commission’s decision on Android. 

Next year, Google will introduce a new way for Android users to select a search provider to power a search box on their home screen and as the default in Chrome (if installed). Search providers can apply to be part of the new choice screen, which will appear when someone is setting up a new Android smartphone or tablet in Europe.

An illustrative version of the choice screen. Providers will vary by country.

As always, people can continue to customize and personalize their devices at any time after set up. This includes selecting which apps to download, changing how apps are arranged on the screen, and switching the default search provider in apps like Google Chrome. 

The application process for search providers opens today and the new choice screen will be introduced to new Android phones in Europe in early 2020. If you are a search provider who would like to participate, please click here to learn more.

Duncan Newell

Duncan is a technology professional with over 20 years experience of working in various IT roles. He has a interest in cyber security, and has a wide range of other skills in radio, electronics and telecommunications.

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