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Android users across Europe are due a software update from Google today that will ask them to make a choice for the future of their smartphones and gadgets – which browser and search engine do you want to use?
Once the update has been installed, the next visit to the Google Play Store will throw up two panels, asking users to choose from a selection of five browsers and five search engines to install and optionally make the device's default. Among them will be Chrome and Google, obviously, and the others will be the most popular apps in the region, sorted in a random order, according to the web ad giant.
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Typically, Android gizmos ship with Chrome bundled and Google as the default search engine, which European watchdogs reckon is an abuse of its dominant position in the online world.
"Users can tap to install as many apps as they want," beamed Paul Gennai, product management director at Google, on Thursday.
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"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). Where a user downloads a search app from the screen, we’ll also ask them whether they want to change Chrome's default search engine the next time they...
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