Google has opened up an auction to allow alternative search engines to become the default providers on mobile devices in Europe.
Beginning in early 2020, anyone setting up a new Android device in the European Economic Area (EEA) will see a choice screen, where they will be asked to select which search engine they wish to use as a default.
Four options will be available, including Google, and these will vary from country to country, depending on which companies .
The move comes a year after by EU antitrust regulators for the way it bundled its services on Android, with claims that Google forced manufacturers to preinstall certain Google apps to gain access to others. Google has