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Google asks Android users to choose their preferred browser

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Google will soon ask Android users to choose their preferred browser.

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Google asked Android users to choose their preferred Web browser, in an effort to avoid new European Union antitrust sanctions, a senior company executive said Tuesday.

The European Commission hit Google with a record fine of 43.4 billion euros (US $ 5,000 million) in July 2018, for antitrust violations related to the Android mobile operating system. Google's agreements with phone manufacturers such as Huawei, Samsung and LG put those companies at a disadvantage because they depend entirely on Android, said the European Union.

Android users have always had the ability to install any browser of their liking, but now Google highlight that they have other browser options and search engine.

Google will do more to "ensure that Android phone owners know the wide variety of browsers and search engines available in the market to download on their phones," wrote Kent Walker, Google’s senior vice president, in a blog post.

"This means asking users of new and existing Android devices in Europe what browser and search applications they would like to use," he added.

In response to the $ 5,000 million fine, Google said in October that it would begin offering a payment license for phone and tablet manufacturers in Europe, who wish to include their Google Play app store, Maps, Gmail and YouTube, owned by Google. Another license allows phone manufacturers to include the Google search engine and the Chrome browser.

The European Union's research on the Android domain dates back to 2016. In June 2017, the EU shared Google with US $ 2.7 billion for the way it prioritizes its own shopping results in the search results.

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