Google Android users in Europe to choose a default search engine

FILE IMAGE: The Google logo is displayed at the entrance of the Google offices in London, united Kingdom, January 18, 2019. (REUTERS photo/Hannah McKay/File Photo

(Reuters) – Google’s Android-enabled device users in Europe to choose their default search provider from among four options, which include Google, the U.S. company said, as it tries to destroy the EU anti-trust concerns, and to avert fresh penalties.

The new Android-powered smartphones and tablets will be shipped in the European Economic Area (“EEA”), will be hosting a “choice screen” to show the four search engines in which users may select, in the beginning of the early 2020s, the Alphabet, Inc. ‘ s (GOOGL.(O), Google said in a blog post. (a little bit.m/2yuIiwh)

The search engines will be allowed to bid in the auction to win a spot on the end-users’ screens, together with Google, in order for the device to the default search engine on your Android home screen, as well as the google Chrome web browser.

The auction will be conducted in each of the countries within the EEA, and to the three highest bidders for a specific country, it will appear in the ‘selection screen’, the US-based tech company said.

Google’s move follows the European Commission’s decision last year to take a penalty on the tech giant’s 4.34 billion euros ($4.81 billion) for blocking rivals to its Android mobile operating system.

The European Commission said that Google had an unfair advantage by pre-installing the google Chrome browser and the Google search app for Android smartphones and laptop.

Google has allowed Android users in Europe to choose rival browsers, and search engines of the five options.

Report by mr George in Bengaluru; Editing by Shounak Dasgupta

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