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Search engines like DuckDuckGo and Bing no longer have to pay to replace Google search on Android phones

5 days ago   |   By Business Insider

Summary List Placement Google's direct rivals will no longer have to pay to become the default search engine on Android phones for users in the European Union.
The search giant has dropped its "pay-to-play" auction system after intervention from the EU's competition watchdog.
This system meant competing search providers like DuckDuckGo and Microsoft's Bing paid to bid to replace Google as the default Android search engine. A "choice screen" appeared on new Android phones in Europe, and allowed users to pick from these alternatives, replacing Google's search engine on their devices.
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