Google OKs rival search engines on Android in EU

Google will allow rival search engines to become the default option on Android phones in Europe, without paying any charge.

The tech giant had said that rivals would have to pay via auction to appear to appear among a choice of search options.

Now Google says it will make participation free, with the number of eligible search providers also increased.

The five most popular ones in each country will be displayed in random order at the top of a so-called Choice Screen.

The move comes as EU authorities consider new rules to force Google, Amazon, Apple and Facebook to provide a level playing field for competitors.

In 2018 the European Commission fined Google over $5 billion for unfairly using Android to cement its dominance in search.

The new changes will come into effect in September.