Google will soon give Android users more freedom of browser and search app choice

Google has always taken great pride in the “open” nature of Android, which the search giant believes encourages healthy competition among device manufacturers and app developers while providing significantly more choice for users than rival platform iOS on every possible level. But the European Commission has long scrutinized the Mountain View-based tech giant for a number of practices suspected to be stifling competition in several key battlegrounds, from mobile search to browsers and potential Android alternatives.

After imposing a record $5 billion fine for what were ultimately …

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