In the wake of the multiple anti-trust claims by the European Commission, Google has finally taken a step to ensure there’s fair competition on the Android Platform. The company announced the change in a blog post which accepts that users should be given a chance to choose.
The company will now allow European users to have a choice of browsers available and they can choose one accordingly. Google is not the first company to be targeted by the European Commission. A while back, Microsoft was forced by the European Union to include an option to select browsers in Windows 7 and Windows 8.
Now we’ll also do more to ensure that Android phone owners know about the wide choice of browsers and search engines available to download to their phones. This will involve asking users of existing and new Android devices in Europe which browser and search apps they would like to use.
Ironically Microsoft’s Edge browser on Android is likely to benefit, as novice users who use Internet Explorer on the desktop are more likely to select the familiar icon than search for the app specifically in the Google Play Store.
The Commission has also ordered Google to take the same steps for search on Google. The company will now ask users to select a default search engine but the option will be given to just the European users for now. Unfortunately, Google hasn’t confirmed if both the options will be available for users around the world or not.