Google offers Android users choice to satisfy EU

The new screens will be displayed to users when they open Google Play for the first time after receiving an upcoming update. Each screen will contain a total of five apps, based on their popularity, and shown in random order.

Buzzfeed News was able to identify the apps by going through the Google Play Store to identify ones that asked for a large number of user permissions.

Users get the change to install additional search providers and browsers on the Android device.

The changes could help Google avoid additional competition fines from the European Commission, which ordered it to change its behaviour or face further penalties past year.

Google could be exploring the idea of pushing out system updates via the Play Store, according to some reports. Google confirmed to the publication that it removed six DU apps from Google Play, but hasn't detailed on how it will address the Play Store policy abuse issue at large.

The changes will be implemented in two different locations on existing and new Android devices.

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Google implements these changes as a response to feedback provided by the European Union. The primary instigators of Europe's legal action - Fair Search, the anti-Google pressure group backed by Oracle and other tech players - is definitely upset. We've contacted the company to clarify how the implementation could change and will update the article accordingly.

The commission had ordered Google to come up with a remedy or face further fines.

European Commission also found that Google granted financial incentives to some of the largest device manufacturers as well as mobile network operators on condition that they exclusively pre-installed Google Search across their entire portfolio of Android devices.

Android users may install one or multiple of the offered apps with a tap on the install button. There's also going to be a new prompt in Google Chrome, which will encourage users to pick a search engine.

"If an additional search app or browser is installed, the user will be shown an additional screen with instructions on how to set up the new app (e.g. placing app icons and widgets or setting defaults)".

  • Delia Davidson