Published: Sun, April 21, 2019
IT | By Jonathon Greene

Google will check apps by new developers more thoroughly

Google will check apps by new developers more thoroughly

According to Google's Product Management Director Paul Gennai, the blog post contained details about the latest update that will give recommendations to the European Union users after they update the Google Play app. Google lost three major anti-trust cases in the region, including one that concerns Android.

An antitrust lawsuit was filed against Google with the European Commission stating that the tech giant forces phone manufacturers to preinstall all Google apps often called Google Suite.

With the change, "two screens will surface: one for search apps and another for browsers, each containing a total of five apps, including any that are already installed", he said. As BuzzFeed notes, the Selfie Camera app had been downloaded more than 50 million times from the Google Play store, and it also maintained a 4.5-star rating after thousands of reviews.

European Commission says pre-installed apps can create a status quo bias, as users who find search and browser apps pre-installed on their devices are likely to stick to these apps. Google has since confirmed that it would inform Android phone owners in Europe of their browser and search engine choices. Google says that the apps will be chosen based on general popularity, and users will be able to use the screens to install as numerous apps as they want.

"Users can tap to install as many apps as they want", wrote Gennai. The Google-made browser is used by 89% of Android users according to research firm NetMarketShare. This applies to applications, games, movies, TV shows, music, ebooks, etc. Apps will be listed based on their popularity and shown in a random order, though apps that are already installed-including, yes, Google's own apps-will be shown at the top. Presumably, this will also be from within the Play Store as the company has placed a lot of emphasis on the hub in recent months, even testing Android Q beta operating system updates from within the software. From the provided illustrations on the blog post we can see that search options include Qwant and DuckDuck Go while browser recommendations feature Mozilla's Firefox, Opera, Microsoft Edge and Puffin Web Browser.

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