Verizon: Bing In, Google Out for Search on Android
With its latest Android smartphone release, the Verizon Wireless Samsung Fascinate, Verizon Wireless has crossed Google and is now crossing paths with Microsoft on the mobile search front. After having brought the Bing Mobile Android app to its Android lineup, the carrier has officially announced with the Fascinate that it will be using Bing to power mobile search, even on Google’s mobile OS.
According to the carrier, “We also have a great relationship with Microsoft and Bing is the default search engine on our feature phones. Customers may change the search engine on their phones if they like.” Additionally, it seems that the carrier is also intent on removing Google search and making Bing not only the default option on Android phones, but the only option. Early reviews of the Samsung Fascinate have been positive, but reviewers are noting that contrary to what the carrier is saying that there isn’t a way to change from Bing to Google search. Unfortunately, though, this may mean that Google Instant Search may not be coming to a Verizon Wireless Droid handset near you anytime soon.