Google will add new search and browser choice screens for Android phones in Europe

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As we get closer to the March 6 date of compliance with the European Union’s Digital Markets Act (DMA), Google has just announced some of its plans to so its products and services will be legal under the new European rules.

In a blog post, Google stated that one big change for European consumers with Android phones will be two new choice screens that will appear when consumers initially set up their Android phones. One will let users quickly set up their preferred search engine for their phone. Google will also put in a similar screen for its Chrome browser app on its desktop and iOS versions. Search engines who want to be added to the new Android search choice screen can apply at Google’s website.

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The other choice screen for Android phones in Europe will let users select their default web browser. Again, Google is letting companies submit their web browser that can be added to this choice screen on Google’s website.

This is almost identical to what the EU required Microsoft to do over 10 years ago, when it forced the company to put in a “Browser Ballot Screen” in Windows 7 in 2009. Microsoft did away with that screen in 2014.

In addition, Google Search in Europe will be getting some changes as well, especially for shopping for products or trying to find a hotel. The company stated:

We will introduce dedicated units that include a group of links to comparison sites from across the web, and query shortcuts at the top of the search page to help people refine their search, including by focusing results just on comparison sites. For categories like hotels, we will also start testing a dedicated space for comparison sites and direct suppliers to show more detailed individual results

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Pixel 7a renders show what Google’s choice of blue will look like

‘Sky’ would be a good call


Last month, we brought you intelligence signaling Google’s return to the kingdom of blue when it comes to giving its Pixel wares that special tint for at least the early part of 2023 — the Pixel 7a and the Pixel Buds A-series in particular. Now, we’ll let some more pictures tell the rest of the story.


These fresh, official-looking Pixel 7a renders come by way of Steve Hemmerstoffer’s OnLeaks through Indian blog MySmartPrice. Drink it all in.

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In addition to the traditional white and black — maybe more dark gray, actually? — options, we’re also seeing the upcoming mid-ranger in a lovely sky blue. It’s not known how Google will name these colors for marketing purposes, but we’ve got a few guesses.

As with the main Pixel 7 series, the Pixel 7a’s design language goes with a single color for what’s been rumored to be a ceramic surface and a metal “visor” band with a single glass opening for two cameras plus another opening for an LED flash module.

The most exciting amenities of the Pixel 7a remain to be officially announced — likely at Google I/O next month — but the list is expected to include a 90Hz display, the first instance of wireless charging in the Pixel A-series, and the inclusion of Qualcomm competent radios for Bluetooth and Wi-Fi.

Aesthetics aren’t on the top of the priority pile for smartphones, but the blue 7a sure looks like it’ll pretty up for our cameras in the review lab.


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Google Residence rolls out choice to reorder favorites for some blessed beta testers

Google produced sure you would endure fewer faucets with a a great deal-required overhaul to its House app, like an much easier way for you to bookmark lots of of the finest clever household equipment you commonly use at residence. The revamp was rolled out past November to these who joined the community preview, and one particular of its spotlight capabilities was the new Favorites panel, wherever the gadgets and automations that subject most display up very first when you open up the application. The goal was to support you personalize your good household controls, but there is no way to arrange the devices in this part by great importance. Which is changing for some blessed beta testers, as Google is rolling out the means to reorder products in the Favorites tab.

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Individuals who are now in the community preview can pin their preferred devices. For case in point, you could put your protection cameras front and centre for faster access to the are living feed with no possessing to make more faucets. If you want to incorporate one more product to the roster, there is an “Include” button at the base of the machine listing. In accordance to a screenshot posted by a Redditor, that button is long gone in the newest Google Household beta (version 2.67.x). Alternatively, it is really replaced by a thing additional potent.

As demonstrated by the picture previously mentioned courtesy of one of our tipsters, there are two new buttons in lieu of the former capacity: “Reorder” and “Edit.” The to start with button does just what it says on the tin, making it possible for you to transform the purchase of gadgets in the Favorites tab. In the meantime, the Edit button is for cleaning up

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