Google has announced the winners of this quarter’s auction for default search engine options on Android devices in Europe. In most EEA Plus in the UK, users who have installed their new phone or tablet from 1 October will have to choose between using Google, Bing, GMX, Info.com or Yandex.

The company has held these Choice Screen auctions in the quarter since earlier this year, a way to close a record $ 5 billion EU antitrust ruling in 2018 as manufacturers have Android devices with the Google search engine There was no option but to ship.

In each EEA country, Google will offer its own search as well as three competing services for which those slots are bid. Users will be provided with four options in random order for each device. In regions where there are more than three winners due to a tied bid – Greece, Hungary and Romania have four while Bulgaria have five – tied companies will be screened on a random basis.

This season, DuckDuckGo has traded down 27 spots in the third quarter, holding on to Microsoft’s Bing. Russia-based Yandex also reappears this summer after going without a slot.

Below is a list of the winning search engines and where they will appear:

Bing

  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Denmark
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • United Kingdom

GMX

  • Bulgaria
  • Croatia
  • Estonia
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Malta
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Republic of Cyrus
  • Romania
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia

Info.com

  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Bulgaria
  • Croatia
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Latvia
  • Liechstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Malta
  • Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Republic of Cyprus
  • Romania
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • United Kingdom

PrivacyWall

  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Bulgaria
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Latvia
  • Lithuania
  • Malta
  • Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Romania
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • United Kingdom

Yandex

  • Bulgaria
  • Estonia
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Latvia
  • Portugal
  • Republic of Cyprus
  • Romania

other

  • DuckDuckGo
    • Bulgaria
    • Croatia
    • Iceland
    • Liechtenstein
  • Ecosia
  • Qwant
  • Seznam.cz

These offerings will replace the current one starting from 1 October and will be available from 31 December.

DuckDuckGo Feedback

DuckDuckGo criticized the auction model by saying that because it does not monetize its search engine business to the extent that its competitors do through user data collection and sales, it was able to win slots permanently in these auctions Is not.

As a reminder, the European Union merely stated that Google gives users the option of a search engine on Android. Google came up with the auction model.

The European Commission is currently being appealed to examine the auction model.