Google Ends Auctions For EU Android Search Engines

Law360 (June 8, 2021, 6:43 PM EDT) -- Google will stop requiring rivals to bid in order to be listed among the default search engines on European Android phones, following complaints that the company's previous efforts to address abuse of dominance claims brought by the bloc's competition enforcer were insufficient.

Oliver Bethell, Google's director of competition law in Europe, said in a blog post Tuesday that the company is ending its use of auctions to determine which alternative search providers appear on the choice screen in each EU member state. Participation will now be "free for eligible search providers." Google said it will also increase the number of choices appearing on...

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