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Remember last year when the European Commission fined Google $5.04 billion? The company was found to have limited phone manufacturers' ability to use third-party software on Android devices. The EC didn't want Google to force these manufacturers into pre-installing Google Search and the Chrome browser on their phones. They also weren't thrilled with the payments Google made to manufacturers that promised to install just one search app on their phones. Can you guess which app that was?

To comply with the European Commission's ruling, Google announced today that it is giving Android users on the continent two new screens that won't be seen in the states. The first time the Google Play Store app is opened following an upcoming update, two screens will appear. One will show five browser apps, and the other will have five search apps. Some of these apps could already be installed on an Android user's phone. Google states that "Apps that are not already installed on the device will be included based on their popularity and shown in a random order." The screens are supposed to remind European Android users that they can have other search and browser apps loaded on their phones besides Google Search and Chrome.