From the perspective of an average Android user, the bigger significance is that Google intends to simplify the so-called sideloading mechanism for Android as a result of the settlement. This mechanism is used to install applications on Android phones from outside Google's own Play Store.
Currently, the process of downloading apps (typically in .apk file format) with phone's browser and installing it includes several roadblocks that Google has added, to "protect the users". Because of the settlement, the entire process gets streamlined.
Here are two screenshots showing what exactly is changing (current popup alert on the left and the upcoming new notification on the right):
Here's how Google will simplify sideloading in Android.-- Mishaal Rahman (@MishaalRahman) December 19, 2023
As part of a proposed class action lawsuit settlement, Google said it will revise the default sideloading flow in Android. Here's exactly what they're changing:
1) The pop-up with the text "For your security, your phone... pic.twitter.com/ao3YoqeUMN
Previously, users were intimidated more, and downloading from an external source required navigating through settings, which caused some back-and-forth jumping between different views. In the future, only one question will appear, where the setting can be set permanently.
Google also commits to keeping the updated installation process at least as simple for five years from the time the updated installation process is introduced.
The exact time for when the update will come to Android has not yet been announced.