Verizon Dropping Google Search for Bing on All Future Android Phones?
Sep 9, 2010 1:02 PM –
First off… #FAIL! According to The Droid Guy in reviewing Verizon’s version of the Samsung Galaxy S phone, the Samsung Fascinate, Google Search is removed from the phone for Microsoft’s Bing search. Worst, it cannot be downloaded as an additional widget from the Android Market or even side loaded. Even worse, other services are swapped like Google Maps for Bing Maps and Google Maps Navigation for VZ Navigator. It is also rumored Google search will be replaced by Bing for all future Verizon Android phones. Lets go even more worse, the fluid user experience between the apps have been lost. For example, if you search an address on Bing it does not open in VZ Navigator for directions as you do when you search on Google and open an address to either Google Maps directions or Google Maps Navigation for turn-by-turn directions.
There maybe be some light in this tunnel as the Google Search widget has been recently bundled with Voice Actions (a feature of Android 2.2 Froyo) and the Fascinate ships with Android 2.1 Eclair. So it would be interesting to see if non-rooted phones can download and use the app natively with the promised Froyo update later this year. Of course there is rooting the phone, but as of yet, a Fascinate specific version has to be hacked.
I’m personally disgusted about this for two main reasons. First, it’s fine to make Bing default, but to not allow consumers the option to swap or install better alternatives is soooo Apple. Second, the Samsung Galaxy line seems to have the best features split across the major U.S. wireless carriers. A kick ass Galaxy S phone would have the front facing camera and capable 4G speed from Epic, solid structure and LED flash from Fascinate; mixed with it’s other impressive hardware and software specs. What’s your opinion on this issue, comment below!