Theverge | Google will give Android customers a alternative of browser and search engine in Europe
Google has introduced that it’ll begin asking European Android customers which browser and search engine they would like to make use of on their units, following regulatory motion in opposition to the corporate for the way in which it bundles software program in its cellular working system. Final 12 months Google was fined a report $5 billion by EU regulators for violating antitrust legal guidelines and was ordered to cease “illegally tying” Chrome and its search app to Android.
Google’s preliminary response was to start out charging producers licensing charges for the Play Retailer and different apps whereas providing the choice to incorporate Chrome and the Google search app within the general bundle free of charge. Now, SVP of worldwide affairs Kent Walker says in a weblog publish, Google will go one step additional by providing customers of “present and new Android units in Europe” a direct alternative of providers.
“On Android telephones, you’ve got all the time been capable of set up any search engine or browser you need, no matter what got here pre-installed on the telephone once you purchased it,” Walker says. “In truth, a typical Android telephone consumer will normally set up round 50 extra apps on their telephone … Now we’ll additionally do extra to make sure that Android telephone homeowners know concerning the broad alternative of browsers and engines like google accessible to download to their telephones.”
Google hasn’t stated when this can occur past “over the subsequent few months,” nor has it stated which competing merchandise will likely be highlighted. The transfer will draw inevitable comparability to Microsoft’s “browser poll” net web page that it confirmed to Web Explorer customers in 2010 to adjust to an identical European Fee ruling. Microsoft retired the web page in 2014 after its obligation expired.