In response to feedback from the European Commission, Google today announced that it will be displaying browser and search ballot screens for Android users. These screens will be presented to users when they open Google Play Store for the first time and users can download alternative search apps and browsers from these screens. Google will display five alternative apps and alternatives will be selected based on their popularity and shown in a random order.
- 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). W
- here 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 open Chrome.
Google will be rolling out these screens over the next few weeks and will apply to both existing and new Android devices in Europe.