Switching Google Pixel Launcher Search Provider in the European Union

Switching Google Pixel Launcher Search Provider in the European Union

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Following changes in the European Union due to the Digital Markets Act, Google is now rolling out an update to Pixel Launcher in the EU region, allowing users to switch their search provider to something other than Google Search.

Pixel Launcher has been integrated with Google Search from day one, featuring a search bar at the bottom of the home screen. Until now, users couldn’t change this or disable the search bar from Google, meaning if you wanted to use a different provider, you’d still have a search widget on the home screen.

Switching Google Pixel Launcher Search Provider in the European Union

However, this has now changed with the update being released in the EU, enabling Pixel Launcher to switch its search provider. This results in changing the search bar support for other apps, but the options seem somewhat limited.

Some users who discovered the change and shared it only saw Google, DuckDuckGo, and Ecosia as search options. The option appeared after a prompt offering to change the default search engine.

Switching Google Pixel Launcher Search Provider in the European Union

Google is making other changes to comply with the DMA law in the European Union. In Android, this includes a separate screen to choose your default search engine and browser, along with other changes across Search, Chrome, and other Google products.

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