DuckDuck Go beats Microsoft Bing in Google’s new Android search engine ballot / World of Digital Information

Google is finally ready to give Android users in the EU the choice of alternative search engines, but surprisingly, it was DuckDuckGo that was seen as the most preferred choice as Bing finally held its own.

From March 1, 2020, citizens of the European Union will have the benefit of choosing one of four search engines by default (including Google). By doing so, they will not only see their choice selected to search in Chrome, but also through the search box on the Android home screen and a dedicated app will also be installed on the device from this provider.

The introduction of this “choice screen” appears to be a clear response to the European Union’s antitrust ruling last March and how Google was fined $5 billion by EU regulators. EU. According to them, Google was playing illegal games by linking the search engine to its mobile OS browser.

Search engines would differ for each EU country and its users, while their selection would depend entirely on the ‘fourth price’ auction system. Vendors will have to tell Google how much money they’re willing to pay when a user chooses to trust their default product. Three highest bidders will be presented to users and the selected one will have to pay the amount equaling the fourth highest bid. In addition, the process will be repeated every 4 months.

Therefore, by following this rule, you can expect Google not to show popular search engines, but those whose providers are willing to pay well. Furthermore, this point also explains why Microsoft Bing is only considered an option in the UK – especially where revenue from search ads served in the country might even be higher than many low GDP countries. .

When the bidding system was revealed last August by Google, rival search engines had their excuses. Some of them included Eric Leandri, CEO of privacy-focused search engine Qwant, who called it a “total abuse of [Google’s] dominance”. In addition to words, he also openly explained the process in a simple manner saying “ask for money just to show a proposal of alternatives”.

Beyond that, Gabriel Weinberg, CEO of DuckDuckGo, truly believed the auction system was a “pay-to-play” game that raised doubts that Google could make a profit at the expense of the competition.



The CEO of Ecosia, a search engine that plants trees with its profits, was brave enough to boycott the auction altogether. In fact, founder Christian Kroll also made a press release saying that Google’s decision was very strange with the spirit of the European Commission’s July 2018 decision. Kroll also claimed that it is monopolistic behavior with European Union legislators by Google.

the complete section of search engines that would be presented to the EU are:

UK: Bing, DuckDuckGo, Info.com

Sweden: DuckDuckGo, Info.com, PrivacyWall

Spain: DuckDuckGo, Info.com, Qwant

Slovenia: DuckDuckGo, Info.com, PrivacyWall

Slovakia: DuckDuckGo, Info.com, Seznam

Romania: DuckDuckGo, Info.com, PrivacyWall

Republic of Cyprus: DuckDuckGo, Info.com, PrivacyWall

Portugal: DuckDuckGo, Info.com, Qwant

Poland: DuckDuckGo, Info.com, Yandex

Norway: DuckDuckGo, Info.com, PrivacyWall

Netherlands: DuckDuckGo, GMX, Info.com

Malta: DuckDuckGo, Info.com, PrivacyWall

Luxembourg: DuckDuckGo, Info.com, Qwant

Lithuania: DuckDuckGo, Info.com, Yandex

Liechtenstein: DuckDuckGo, Info.com, Qwant



Latvia: DuckDuckGo, Info.com, Yandex

Italy: DuckDuckGo, Info.com, Qwant

Ireland: DuckDuckGo, Info.com, PrivacyWall

Iceland: DuckDuckGo, Info.com, PrivacyWall

Hungary: DuckDuckGo, Info.com, PrivacyWall

Greece: DuckDuckGo, Info.com, Qwant

Germany: DuckDuckGo, GMX, Info.com

France: DuckDuckGo, Info.com, Qwant

Finland: DuckDuckGo, Info.com, Yandex

Estonia: DuckDuckGo, Info.com, Yandex

Denmark: DuckDuckGo, Givero, Info.com

Czech Republic: DuckDuckGo, Info.com, Seznam

Croatia: DuckDuckGo, Info.com, PrivacyWall

Bulgaria: DuckDuckGo, Info.com, PrivacyWall

Belgium: DuckDuckGo, Info.com, Qwant

Austria: DuckDuckGo, GMX, Info.com

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