Google to prompt Android users to choose preferred browsers to allay EU concerns

Tue, 2019-03-19 23:48

BRUSSELS, Belgium: Alphabet’s Google will prompt Android users
to choose their preferred browsers and search apps, a senior Google
executive said on Tuesday, as the company seeks to allay EU
antitrust concerns and ward off fresh sanctions.
The European Commission last year handed Google a record 4.34
billion euro ($4.9 billion) fine for using the market power of its
mobile software to block rivals in areas such as Internet browsing.
By pre-installing its Chrome browser and Google search app on
Android devices, Google had an unfair advantage over its rivals, EU
enforcers said.
Google will now try to ensure that Android users are aware of
browsers and search engines other than its own services, Kent
Walker, senior vice president of global affairs, said in a
“In the coming months, via the Play Store, we’ll start asking
users of existing and new Android devices in Europe which browser
and search apps they would like to use,” he wrote without
providing details.
The company, which introduced a licensing fee for device makers to
access its app marketplace after the EU sanction, does not plan to
scrap the charge.
Google could be fined up to 5 percent of Alphabet’s average daily
worldwide turnover if it fails to comply with the EU order to stop
anti-competitive practices. 


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Google to prompt Android users to choose preferred browsers to allay EU concerns