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Google allows Europe's users set search engine

Google will allow Android gadget users in Europe pick their default web search engine from four choices, including Google search, the U.S. organization stated, as it attempts to restrain EU antimonopoly worries and fight off new sanctions.

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New Android smartphones and tablets delivered in the EEA will have a 'choice screen' showing four web search engines that clients can choose from, starting mid-2020, Alphabet Inc's Google reported in a blog entry.

Web search tool suppliers will be permitted to make a bid for getting a place on the clients' screens, alongside Google, to turn into the gadget's default web search engines on the Android home screen just like the Chrome.

The public sales will be led in each European Economic Area nation and the three top bidders for a nation apart will show up on the 'choice screen', the U.S. technology company announced.

Google's move pursues the EC's choice a year ago to clamp sanctions the tech firm 4.34 billion euros ($4.81 billion) for blocking its business opponents on its Android mobile software platform.

The EC stated Google had an unfair competitive advantage by pre-setting Chrome and Google search application on Android phones and tablets.

Google has since permitted Android clients in Europe to pick opponents browsers and web search engines from five alternatives.

Alphabet Inc. edged lower 0.63 percent in the morning trade, setting at 1,209.01.

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    Google have won this one. There may be some who'd pay for the chance to gamble on becoming more popular than Google but I can't imagine there is anybody who would do a better job of integrating with Android. No doubt Google is so synonymous with search now they probably think 90% of people will choose Google anyway.

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