BRUSSELS/BENGALURU (Reuters) – the Alphabet’s (GOOGL.D) Google will allow rivals to buy the chance of winning as the default search engine status on Android devices in Europe, the U.S. company said on Friday, in the latest proposal in order to fend off fresh EU antitrust penalties.
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The new Android-powered smartphones and tablets will be shipped in Europe from the early 2020s, will be presented with four options on their default search provider, ” Google said in a blog post, bit.m/2yuIiwh).
The search engines will be able to compete in Google’s auction for a place on the “select” screen, where users can select the search engine you want from the four options, which include Google as well.
The three highest bidders for a specific country will be displayed on the selection screen, ” Google said.
Google’s move followed last year to 4.34 billion euros ($4.81 billion) fine imposed by the European Commission to block its competitors and in the pre-installation of the Chrome browser and the Google search app for Android smartphones and laptop.
The Commission said it would monitor the process closely.
“The decision to offer rival search engines, the ability to stop the exclusive pre-installation of covers for the smartphone-and tablet-makers. If this Is not possible,” a spokesman said.
“In the past We have seen that there is a choice of the screen can be a very effective way, in order to facilitate the choice of the user.”
The Czech search engine Seznam, said that it was not clear what the consequences will be.
“It’s hard to comment on the basis of one screenshot and a few sentences. Seznam, and I think others as well have not been contacted by Google about this argument, so we have to wait for all the details,” said Michal Feix, Seznam, the former chief executive and now a partner at a consulting firm advising the company.
Reporting by Foo Yun Chee in Brussels and Philip George in Bengaluru; Editing by David Goodman