The changes could help Google avoid additional competition fines from the European Commission, which ordered it to change its behaviour or face further penalties a year ago. In 2010 Redmond was forced to include a dialog box in its operating system allowing users to pick their default browser, but again, only in the EU.
Rather than make these screens part of setup that would be shown to new users only, Google says "These new screens will be displayed the first time a user opens Google Play after receiving an upcoming update".
The company will update the Play Store app to display two new screens, showing search/browser choices. The changes are created to comply with a 2018 European Commission ruling that found Google guilty of abusing its monopoly powers.
Android, which is used on around 80 percent of mobile devices both in Europe and worldwide, was accused of shutting out rivals by forcing major phone makers to pre-install the Google search engine and Chrome browser.
Android users may install one or multiple of the offered apps with a tap on the install button.
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"Two screens will surface: one for search apps and another for browsers, each containing a total of five apps, including any that are already installed", explains Paul Gennai, Google's product management director in a blog post. If someone decides to load a second search or browser app, an additional screen will appear that will include instructions on how to set search and browser defaults, and how to add the new icons or widgets. "With Android holding 85 per cent of the global smartphone market, it is time for robust enforcement of the non-discrimination principle enshrined in the European Commission's July 2018 decision condemning Google for abuse of dominance with regard to Android".
The change will certainly push other search engines and browsers on Android devices in the European Union.
Android users who don't open Google Play won't get these screens at all.
Google has revealed how it will ask European Android users to choose their default search engine and browser.