DuckDuck Go Beats Microsoft Bing In Google's New Android Search Engine Ballot

Google is finally ready to give Android users in EU the choice of alternative search engines but surprisingly it’s DuckDuckGo that has been regarded as the most preferred choice whereas Bing stood at last.

From 1st March 2020, European Union citizens will get the advantage to choose one out of four search engines as their default (including Google). By doing so, they will not only see their selected choice for making searches in Chrome, but also through Android home screen search box and a dedicated app will also be installed on the device of that provider.

The introduction of this “choice screen” seems to be a clear response to the antitrust ruling from the European Union during last March and how Google was fined $5 billion by EU regulators. According to them, Google was playing illegally in tying up the search engine to its browser for mobile OS.

The search engines would differ as per each EU country and its users, whereas the selection of it would depend entirely on “fourth price” auction system. The providers will have to inform Google about the money they are willing to pay when a user will make the selection of trusting their product as default. Three best bidders will be presented to the users and the selected one will have to pay the amount which equalizes fourth highest bid. Moreover, the process will get repeated after every 4 months.

Hence, going by this rule, you can expect Google to not show search engines which are popular but the ones whose providers are willing to pay well. Furthermore, this point also self-explains why Microsoft Bing is only taken as an option in the UK - especially when the revenue coming from the search ads going in the country might even be more than that of many lower GDP nations.

When the auctions system was revealed in last August by Google, the rival search providers had their excuses. Some of them included Eric Leandri, CEO of privacy-focused search engine Qwant, who considered it as “total abuse of [Google’s] dominant position”. Going by more words, he also openly explained the process in a simple way by saying “ask for cash just for showing a proposal of alternatives.”

Moving beyond, Gabriel Weinberg, CEO of DuckDuckGo truly believed that auction system was a “pay-to-play” game which raised the doubt that Google might make profit at the expense of the competition.

The CEO of Ecosia, a search engine that plants trees from its profits was brave enough to boycott the auction completely. In fact the founder Christian Kroll also gave a press statement saying Google’s decision has been very odd with the spirit of the July 2018 EU Commission ruling. Kroll also claimed that it's monopolistic behavior with European Union legislators by Google.

The full section of the search engines that would be shown to the EU are:

United Kingdom: Bing, DuckDuckGo,

Sweden: DuckDuckGo,, PrivacyWall

Spain: DuckDuckGo,, Qwant

Slovenia: DuckDuckGo,, PrivacyWall

Slovakia: DuckDuckGo,, Seznam

Romania: DuckDuckGo,, PrivacyWall

Republic of Cyprus: DuckDuckGo,, PrivacyWall

Portugal: DuckDuckGo,, Qwant

Poland: DuckDuckGo,, Yandex

Norway: DuckDuckGo,, PrivacyWall

Netherlands: DuckDuckGo, GMX,

Malta: DuckDuckGo,, PrivacyWall

Luxembourg: DuckDuckGo,, Qwant

Lithuania: DuckDuckGo,, Yandex

Liechtenstein: DuckDuckGo,, Qwant

Latvia: DuckDuckGo,, Yandex

Italy: DuckDuckGo,, Qwant

Ireland: DuckDuckGo,, PrivacyWall

Iceland: DuckDuckGo,, PrivacyWall

Hungary: DuckDuckGo,, PrivacyWall

Greece: DuckDuckGo,, Qwant

Germany: DuckDuckGo, GMX,

France: DuckDuckGo,, Qwant

Finland: DuckDuckGo,, Yandex

Estonia: DuckDuckGo,, Yandex

Denmark: DuckDuckGo, Givero,

Czech Republic: DuckDuckGo,, Seznam

Croatia: DuckDuckGo,, PrivacyWall

Bulgaria: DuckDuckGo,, PrivacyWall

Belgium: DuckDuckGo,, Qwant

Austria: DuckDuckGo, GMX,

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