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Sure, Europe. Here's our Android suite without Search, Chrome apps. Now pay the Google tax

DougS Silver badge

You're getting a device with no Chrome but has another browser installed. Most will not install Chrome if they already have a working browser.

Search is a different matter, "googling" is basically a verb meaning "to search on the internet" so more people would install Google search when it was missing. Not sure how many though, if Microsoft paid HTC (for example) to install Bing as an app called "Search" people might just click that and not notice/care it wasn't Google. If the app was called "Bing" they probably wouldn't know what it was, and would be more likely to install Google's search. Yes, I really do think Microsoft's Bing branding is that bad...

Of course, this is all academic if Google charges more for the search-free version of Android than Microsoft would be willing to pay to install Bing.

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