According a recent announcement made by Google on its blog, Android users in Europe will soon be able to select their browser and search engine by default.
This announcement follows the company’s last year decision in which it was fined with $5 billion by the European Commission due to the practice of pre-installing Google apps on third-party phones.
“This involves asking users of new and current Android devices in Europe what browser and search application they prefer to use” the company explained.
It’s not yet clear if this will apply only during the initial configuration process or if all current smartphones will receive an update that will require users to be asked about this point.
A few months ago Google has also announced new licensing modes for its apps on third-party smartphones, including three separate agreements for Chrome, Play Store and Search. This means that manufacturers can include Play Store without being forced to include Chrome and Search.