These are the search engines that you can choose by default on Android as of March 1 (and they are not Bing or Yahoo!)

These are the search engines that you can choose by default on Android as of March 1 (and they are not Bing or Yahoo!)

New search engines on Android as of March 1

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Until now, the Mountain View giant has allowed the installation of other search engines, however, the European Commission believes that Google should make things easier for users by allowing them to choose from the beginning. So, with the idea of ​​complying with the Commission’s orders, Google announced that it would place a new welcome screen on all those phones that began to be configured for the first time.

This screen will allow to choose other search engines beyond that of Google, however, it seems that the situation will not be free of controversy, since Google has created a peculiar auction system that will determine what the other options that appear in the new menu will be next to the Google search option. And of course, how will Google choose the available options? It would be easy to think that he would be avoiding his strongest enemies.

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Today, if you enter Chrome’s settings and decide to change the default browser used in the browser, the options that appear in UK are Yahoo! UK, Bing and DuckDuckGo. Well, thanks to the auction system, this list will change completely, since the search engines available to choose from in UK will be:

  • DuckDuckGo
  • Qwant

As you see, both Yahoo! as Bing have disappeared completely, and the reason is none other than the auction system implemented by Google. As the company itself explained, each country will have a minimum bid price, and those 3 search engines that offer the best price will be what appears on the list (randomly with Google).

But what exactly is paid? The companies behind the search engines will pay Google the amount proposed by each user who chooses their search engine as the default search engine. That is, if you buy a phone, turn it on and in the default search engine configuration window you choose DuckDuckGo, DuckDuckGo will have to pay Google the amount agreed in the bid. Google receiving money for the choice of a search engine? Yes, it sounds like a rather strange business, but for now the European Commission has not gotten into it.

Seen as seen, it seems that neither Bing nor Yahoo! they have bet enough, since they have disappeared completely from all the countries of the European Union, saving only United Kingdom, where Bing does appear. This is possibly due, as they point out in The Verge, for the good advertising commission that is received in the British country, so it is most likely that Microsoft will pay to Google knowing the commission for advertising that you will get with users who use their search engine. The list of search engines that will appear in each country is as follows:

  • Austria: DuckDuckGo, GMX,
  • Belgium: DuckDuckGo,, Qwant
  • Bulgaria: DuckDuckGo,, PrivacyWall
  • Croatia: DuckDuckGo,, PrivacyWall
  • Czech Republic: DuckDuckGo,, Seznam
  • Denmark: DuckDuckGo, Givero,
  • Estonia: DuckDuckGo,, Yandex
  • Finland: DuckDuckGo,, Yandex
  • France: DuckDuckGo,, Qwant
  • Germany: DuckDuckGo, GMX,
  • Greece: DuckDuckGo,, Qwant
  • Hungary: DuckDuckGo,, PrivacyWall
  • Iceland: DuckDuckGo,, PrivacyWall
  • Ireland: DuckDuckGo,, PrivacyWall
  • Italy: DuckDuckGo,, Qwant
  • Latvia: DuckDuckGo,, Yandex
  • Liechtenstein: DuckDuckGo,, Qwant
  • Lithuania: DuckDuckGo,, Yandex
  • Luxembourg: DuckDuckGo,, Qwant
  • Malt: DuckDuckGo,, PrivacyWall
  • Netherlands: DuckDuckGo, GMX,
  • Norway: DuckDuckGo,, PrivacyWall
  • Poland: DuckDuckGo,, Yandex
  • Portugal: DuckDuckGo,, Qwant
  • Republic of Cyprus: DuckDuckGo,, PrivacyWall
  • Romania: DuckDuckGo,, PrivacyWall
  • Slovakia: DuckDuckGo,, Seznam
  • Slovenia: DuckDuckGo,, PrivacyWall
  • UK: DuckDuckGo,, Qwant
  • Sweden: DuckDuckGo,, PrivacyWall
  • United Kingdom: Bing, DuckDuckGo,

If you are one of those who use Google for everything, this new configuration screen probably doesn’t matter to you in the least. But if you prefer to use a search engine other than Google, now you will know what options you will have available starting March 1. And what about Bing and the rest of search engines that don’t appear?

Users can continue to install other search engines manually, although the list could change, since bids will be reviewed every four months, and new companies could sneak into the long-awaited list. The advantage of the new menu is that the system is responsible for configuring the search engine chosen in all sections:

  • Home screen search box
  • Default search engine in Chrome (if it is installed)
  • Installing the search application of the selected provider


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