Google Said to Add New Pixel Launcher Setting in Europe to Let Users Change Default Search Engine

Mar18,2024


Google Pixel smartphone users in Europe have reported seeing an option to change the default search engine. The option is said to appear in the settings of Pixel Launcher, the default launcher for all Pixel smartphones. The option to change the search engine is said to have been introduced by the tech giant to comply with the recently implemented European Union (EU) Digital Markets Act (DMA). Notably, Apple also added support for alternative app marketplaces and allowed third-party browsers to run their browser engines in order to comply with the Act.

had information shared By tipster Mishaal Rehman on X (formerly known as Twitter). Based on the screenshot shared by the Mastodon user, Rahman said, “A user told me that he received a notification from the search engine selector app to select his search engine. After changing the search provider, the search bar's icon is updated to reflect the user's provider of choice. The notification was also confirmed by several other Pixel phone users based in Europe.

Clicking on the notification will reportedly take the user to a new settings option called Search engine, To access it manually, users can go to Pixel Launcher Adjustment ,Home screen search settings , Search engine,, Once a user enters the menu, a message says, “Choose the app you'll use to search the web. This will affect search and content on your home screen”.

Below the message, users will reportedly see all the search engines they have installed on their phones. Apart from Google, some popular search engines are Microsoft Bing, DuckDuckGo, Ecosia and Perplexity AI.

Recently, Google posted a blog where it detailed how it will comply with the new rules. The tech giant said it has implemented more than 20 product changes to search results and added the option to choose whether users want to share their data across Google services. It also mentioned that it would soon add an “additional options screen” to let users change the default search engine or browser. Based on information from the tipster, it appears that Google has started rolling out this feature. However, it is yet to be extended to non-Pixel Android phones.


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