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Google Will Let Android Users Choose Their Browser Out of the Box 

Google has announced a series of changes for Android users in Europe in response to the latest antitrust concerns raised by the European Commission.

Google has announced a series of changes for Android users in Europe in response to the latest antitrust concerns raised by the European Commission.

Users will be allowed to choose what browser and search engine they want to use on Android out of the box. Currently, Android devices come with Google Chrome pre-installed and Google set as the default search engine, but in the near future, this is all going to change, Google says.

While details on the browsers that would be offered to users haven’t been provided, today’s announcement is clearly good news for other browser developers, like Mozilla.Change possibly coming later this yearAt the same time, Microsoft is likely to significantly benefit from this change, as the company has launched an Android version of Microsoft Edge browser and is also the owner of Bing, the main alternative to Google search.

“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,” Kent Walker, SVP of Global Affairs, explains.

There are no specifics as to when this change is going to take place for Android, but Google says both new and existing users will be asked to choose their preferred browser and search engine.

Google is the second tech giant to provide users with a choice of browsers out of the box after Microsoft was forced by the European Commission to do the same in Windows. Internet Explorerwas pre-installed in all versions of Windows, but following this decision, European users were also allowed to set other browsers as default when running the operating system the first time.
 
 
 
 
 
 
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This is quite good, however, two problems with it. One is, this is only for EU. Second is, unlike computers, where you have only few good options for browsers, on Android, there are dozens or more famous browsers, with some of them even if famous, being rather questionable ones, so how will Google select which one to include there.

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3 hours ago, DKT27 said:

This is quite good, however, two problems with it. One is, this is only for EU. 

 

This is ONLY  in response to the latest antitrust concerns raised by the European Commission.

 

 

3 hours ago, DKT27 said:

so how will Google select which one to include there.

 

The highest bidder gets the pie ...... another way to rake in big cash 🙂

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10 hours ago, DKT27 said:

how will Google select which one to include there.

"While details on the browsers that would be offered to users haven’t been provided, today’s announcement is clearly good news for other browser developers, like Mozilla.", from first post.

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There are many who say Mozilla's war is futile and it can never beat Google. But a day will come when people will use Firefox more than Chrome.

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On 3/21/2019 at 8:40 PM, Jogs said:

There are many who say Mozilla's war is futile and it can never beat Google. But a day will come when people will use Firefox more than Chrome.

 

A lot of people I read online are switching back to Firefox. In addition to privacy, you know what else is taking them towards Firefox again, it's the speed provided by the new Quantum engine.

 

Unfortunately, those people are not in big numbers enough for us to see a big change in the graphs of the share I think.

 

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Google has lots of money to push Chrome to users. Also in Android devices it comes preloaded.

Most people actually use what they get and don't want to change things. Its like a factory made car, people buy them and use without changing anything in it. Only a few actually customize their cars. Same way most people use whatever there is on their phone.

Also, Google uses some bad practice to put other browsers down.

And there is advertising also which brings in more users.

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Good news at last.  First thing I do, is uninstall that sh*tty Chrome.

 

Then install Kiwi Browser, light on resources & ad blocker + dark mode.

 

 

 

 

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On 3/26/2019 at 11:37 AM, Viktor said:

Then install Kiwi Browser, light on resources & ad blocker + dark mode.

 

I thought no one knew or cared about it when I posted it. It's one of the best if not the best though.

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😉  haha the name Kiwi is very suprising.

It's a perfect browser.

Good ad-blocking options & night mode.

Always used Opera Mini.

Firefox Focus & Incognito Browser Pro are also great.

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