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The search giant will offer users opening the Google app store the choice of downloading five alternatives to its Chrome web browser and search, including Microsoft's Bing and Norway's Opera.

Google has introduced a new search engine setup procedure for new phones in Europe that allows users to customize preferences on their Android devices. These screens will be displayed when the users opens Google Play for the first time after receiving a future update.

Past year the European Commission ruled that Google had illegally used Android to dominate search. Google Play displays "an additional screen with instructions on how to set up the new app" according to Google.

The online publication BuzzFeed News discovered these erring applications after it provided security and data analysis firms a list of apps that either request for a large number of user permissions or asks for potentially risky permissions. It should be noted that the screens will apply not just to new Android phones but also existing ones in Europe.

Google hopes that this step will meet the demands of the European Commission.

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Recently, the company also made changes to the SMS and Call Log permissions that would now restrict access to select use cases including when the users have chosen the app as their default messaging app. "As a result, over the next few months, we'll be making further updates to our products in Europe". The EU fined Google, saying it had an unfair advantage by pre-installing its Chrome browser and Google search app on Android smartphones and notebooks.

There will be two different screens, one for search and one for the web browser, and each will contain a total of five choices, just like the Browser Ballot (Browser Choice) screen that Microsoft added to Windows back in the early 2000s because of a similar European Union antitrust charge.

The browser app and search engine apps will be presented to you as per your country's database and populairty.

Google paid the record-breaking $5 billion fine and began making changes to its licensing agreement immediately, separating Google Play from its Chrome and Search software. The EU held that Google "imposed illegal restrictions on Android device manufacturers and mobile network operators to cement its dominant position in general internet search".

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