The European Union announced last July that it would impose an anti-trust fine of 4.34 billion euros ($5.04 billion) on Google. The European Union says that since 2011, Google has imposed some illegal restrictions on Android device manufacturers and mobile operators by virtue of its dominance in the Internet search market.
For example, Google requires Android device manufacturers to pre-install Google Search App and Chrome browsers as a condition for authorizing the Google Play Store application store. Google also pays for specific large Android device manufacturers and mobile operators to exclusively pre-install Google Search App.
The European Commission believes that Google is smart in AndroidMobile phoneAnd pre-installed Chrome browsers and Google search apps on laptops have gained an unfair advantage. To reassure the EU, Google said last month that it would allow Android users to choose their browsers and search engines, but did not disclose more details.
From today onwards, Android users in Europe will see new screen hints when they open Google Play, the Google App Store, and users can choose to download different search applications and browsers, Gennay said in a statement today.
"There will be two screen prompts, one for searching App and the other for browser App," Gennay said. Each prompt contains five App options. "Each of these five applications is provided according to their popularity, based on industry data and the number of downloads in each country. Then, list them in random order.
"If users download search applications from screen prompts, we will also ask them if they want to change Chrome's default search engine the next time they open Chrome," Gennay added.
According to previous EU rulings, if Google fails to comply with the EU's order to stop anti-competitive practices, it will face a fine of up to 5% of Alphabet's global average daily turnover.
FairSearch, a lobby group, expressed dissatisfaction with Google's overhaul. Previously, it was FairSearch's complaint that led to an EU investigation into Google.
In a statement, FairSearch said: "Google's proposed overhaul plan today is still inadequate, and it does not solve a core problem: Google App is still the default option for all Android devices."