Avoid these Android apps like the plague

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By pre-installing its Chrome browser and Google search app on Android smartphones, Google gained an unfair advantage on its rivals according to the European Commission. These screens will be displayed when the users opens Google Play for the first time after receiving a future update.

The screenshots above show search apps from DuckDuckGo, Qwant, Seznam.cz and Ecosia, and the browsers Firefox, Opera, Microsoft Edge, and Puffin.

Both new and existing smartphone users should gain access to the update as the patch rolls out over the coming weeks.

One of the DU-developed apps that were removed, was the vastly popular Selfie Camera app, with more than 50 million downloads on Play Store.

In the wake of the $5 billion antitrust fine it received from the European Commission a year ago, Google laid out plans to prompt Android users in Europe to choose a different default search or browser app.

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These screens come after Google was slapped with a massive fine by the European Commission. 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. Google says the recommended apps shown will be based on their popularity in a given region and will appear in random order. It also made it impossible for phone makers to release devices running a forked version of Android.

"Users can tap to install as many apps as they want", beamed Paul Gennai, product management director at Google, on Thursday. We've contacted the company to clarify how the implementation could change and will update the article accordingly.

We'll recommend you to download and install the latest version of the Play Store app right away. Will you be switching your default browser of search engine any time soon?

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 company was found to have limited phone manufacturers' ability to use third-party software on Android devices.

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