Almost all Android phones come with Google as the default search engine and Chrome as the default web browser. Seeing this, Europian Commission fined Google an amount of whopping $5.06 USD back in July 2018. This was done in order to make the competition fair for all search engine and web browser companies. Before this, Google was also fined $2.7 billion USD for giving their own shopping comparison tools more preference in the search results.
Paul Gennai, Product Managing Director of Google, announced in a blog post that they’ve already starting obeying the rules of EU Commission, and users in Europe are seeing new screens on their phones with options to download new search engines and browsers. Users will get an update of the Play Store app and the screen will appear when they’ll open it for the first time. Two months after Google made this announcement, users have finally started receiving the update.
Two screens will appear, first, one asking to install additional search services for the phone, and the other one asking to install additional web browsers for the phone. Both screens will show 5 apps, including the ones already installed along with other apps based on popularity. If someone installs and selects any other app as a default, an additional screen will be shown with some instructions. Chrome will also show a popup which will let users change the default search engine of the browser.
Do note that Google and Chrome will still be the default apps on the phones. It’s just that users will be asked to change their default apps based on their own choice.