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EXCLUSIVE: Verizon Dropping Google Search From All Future Androids?


We’ve been working on this story since yesterday in regards to the Verizon Samsung Fascinate, A Galaxy S Phone. After the Samsung Galaxy release event in late June we discovered, as the rest of you did, that Bing would be the search on the fascinate. We pinged Verizon spokeswoman, back on July 1, 2010 who gave us this reply: “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. ”

However after careful review of the Samsung Fascinate we found that the “Google Search” bar is not in the Android Widgets menu, nor can you access it from market. Also we tried several APK’s of the Google Seach bar and have not been able to get those to work either. These APK’s are working on the Captivate, and Vibrant as side loads.

Here’s where the story gets interesting. 2 of our Verizon tipsters, including the one who substantiated those HTC Merge photos back on August 4th, have told us that Verizon is dropping the Google Search from all future Android Devices and offering Bing in it’s place.

We were under the impression that Verizon is committed to the entire Google/Android experience.

Update: Verizon did in fact add the option to have Bing as the default search bar, but did not completely remove Google search, both options are in play for Android users.

 

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  1. this is smart…. later if verizon/droid is more succesful google will find an interest and they might give a an offer they cannot refuse and google will be a part of their phones/droids.

  2. The idiocy of this is appalling. Why can’t Microsoft just give it up with Bing? Do they really think that they’re going to compete with Google in searches?

  3. The idiocy of this is appalling. Why can’t Microsoft just give it up with Bing? Do they really think that they’re going to compete with Google in searches?

  4. At the present time I have seen and reported on Microsoft’s comments about the original piece. My source is insisting that our original story is correct but I won’t dispute Business Insider’s sources at Microsoft however I will say this, and I will stand corrected if I’m wrong, to date Verizon is still “no comment” and furthermore, my source says we won’t really know how this plays out until the next few Android devices move. My 2 sources have access to Verizon phones pre-release and at least the next 2 Verizon Android devices are also carry Bing as the default search.
    As to being able to side load Google and Google search being there under the skin, a lot of new Android users interact on twitter with me and come to this site, Joe Customer shouldn’t have to jump through hoops or do any kind of modifying to experience Android at it’s fullest.

    -The Droid Guy

  5. At the present time I have seen and reported on Microsoft’s comments about the original piece. My source is insisting that our original story is correct but I won’t dispute Business Insider’s sources at Microsoft however I will say this, and I will stand corrected if I’m wrong, to date Verizon is still “no comment” and furthermore, my source says we won’t really know how this plays out until the next few Android devices move. My 2 sources have access to Verizon phones pre-release and at least the next 2 Verizon Android devices are also carry Bing as the default search.
    As to being able to side load Google and Google search being there under the skin, a lot of new Android users interact on twitter with me and come to this site, Joe Customer shouldn’t have to jump through hoops or do any kind of modifying to experience Android at it’s fullest.

    -The Droid Guy

  6. That would simply be a dealbreaker for me if google maps wasn’t available on my phone. Same for Google Search- I just don’t like Bing, and won’t buy a device that forces me to use it. They can do whatever they want to their phones, but I just won’t buy one. Or if there was no other choice, I would root that thing faster than you can say “FREEDOM.”

  7. That would simply be a dealbreaker for me if google maps wasn’t available on my phone. Same for Google Search- I just don’t like Bing, and won’t buy a device that forces me to use it. They can do whatever they want to their phones, but I just won’t buy one. Or if there was no other choice, I would root that thing faster than you can say “FREEDOM.”

  8. Supposedly $500 million for a 5 year exclusive deal.

    What’s remarkable, is that Google is effectively being cut out of its own income stream. That’s what Android was all about. Ironic.

  9. Supposedly $500 million for a 5 year exclusive deal.

    What’s remarkable, is that Google is effectively being cut out of its own income stream. That’s what Android was all about. Ironic.

  10. Okay, I like and use Google search almost exclusively. I have no issues with Bing and use it occasionally (mostly because I’m used to Google and it works). The real issue is what happened to consumer choice???!!!

  11. Okay, I like and use Google search almost exclusively. I have no issues with Bing and use it occasionally (mostly because I’m used to Google and it works). The real issue is what happened to consumer choice???!!!

  12. haha me too! Having Bing permanently on my BB Curve in December was THE main reason for getting an open sourced phone. It was the first forced, unwanted app and it completely messed up everyones phones for a minute. Great way to promo Bing. Idiots.

  13. haha me too! Having Bing permanently on my BB Curve in December was THE main reason for getting an open sourced phone. It was the first forced, unwanted app and it completely messed up everyones phones for a minute. Great way to promo Bing. Idiots.

  14. Well I am and always will be a Googler, so thank god ONCE AGAIN that I got the Incredible when I did. Still the best phone.

  15. Well I am and always will be a Googler, so thank god ONCE AGAIN that I got the Incredible when I did. Still the best phone.

  16. On the Fascinate – Google search is gone, replaces by Bing Search. Google Maps is gone, replaced by Bing maps. VZNavigator replaced Google Navigation, and the tight integration within these apps does not carry over to Bing AT ALL. If I “bing” and address, it does not graciously carry into VZNavigator when I ask it to navigate to that address. It’s a giant mess.

  17. On the Fascinate – Google search is gone, replaces by Bing Search. Google Maps is gone, replaced by Bing maps. VZNavigator replaced Google Navigation, and the tight integration within these apps does not carry over to Bing AT ALL. If I “bing” and address, it does not graciously carry into VZNavigator when I ask it to navigate to that address. It’s a giant mess.

  18. What does this do to Google Maps and most specifically Navigation? I know you can download Maps from the Market – but Navigation is not available via download and it is (a) one of main differentiators from the iPhone 4 for the average joe and (2) works fantastically and makes my Droid 2 indispensible.

    Do we lose that application in all of this?

  19. What does this do to Google Maps and most specifically Navigation? I know you can download Maps from the Market – but Navigation is not available via download and it is (a) one of main differentiators from the iPhone 4 for the average joe and (2) works fantastically and makes my Droid 2 indispensible.

    Do we lose that application in all of this?

  20. Thanks for posting this!! Had no idea these companies could be so dictatorial. Heh… reinforces my inclination to spend a few extra bucks and get the upcoming Nokia with the open source Meego Operating system. I’ll get some prepaid minutes, and use WIFI for web access – These big service providers are unacceptable.

  21. Thanks for posting this!! Had no idea these companies could be so dictatorial. Heh… reinforces my inclination to spend a few extra bucks and get the upcoming Nokia with the open source Meego Operating system. I’ll get some prepaid minutes, and use WIFI for web access – These big service providers are unacceptable.

  22. And Steve Jobs laughs. Microsoft would be the biggest beneficiary of the Android project (in the U.S. at least).

  23. And Steve Jobs laughs. Microsoft would be the biggest beneficiary of the Android project (in the U.S. at least).

  24. All it takes is a rooted phone and you will have Google search back. What is this.. communism? You add a search engine no one wants then block access to the one people do want? People will just root their phones and be on their way and I will help them all I can and I am on Telekom in Germany.. ha ha ha.

  25. All it takes is a rooted phone and you will have Google search back. What is this.. communism? You add a search engine no one wants then block access to the one people do want? People will just root their phones and be on their way and I will help them all I can and I am on Telekom in Germany.. ha ha ha.

  26. What the hell!!!!!!!!! I love Google and android and my Droid x is the shizznit right now I love it idk why they would do such a thing they just had two of the best androids come out on there service only on there’s dang the Droid 2 and Droid x are the bomb I can’t figure why they r gonna throw it all out and Microsoft can suck my butts so can verizion wtf

  27. What the hell!!!!!!!!! I love Google and android and my Droid x is the shizznit right now I love it idk why they would do such a thing they just had two of the best androids come out on there service only on there’s dang the Droid 2 and Droid x are the bomb I can’t figure why they r gonna throw it all out and Microsoft can suck my butts so can verizion wtf

  28. What the hell!!!!!!!!! I love Google and android and my Droid x is the shizznit right now I love it idk why they would do such a thing they just had two of the best androids come out on there service only on there’s dang the Droid 2 and Droid x are the bomb I can’t figure why they r gonna throw it all out and Microsoft can suck my butts so can verizion wtf

  29. Guess who I’m dropping from all my future cell phone bills? Yep, Verizon. Glad I got into their contract before they doubled the ETF’s!

    Anyone want to buy a like new Incredible or Droid1?

  30. Guess who I’m dropping from all my future cell phone bills? Yep, Verizon. Glad I got into their contract before they doubled the ETF’s!

    Anyone want to buy a like new Incredible or Droid1?

  31. Guess who I’m dropping from all my future cell phone bills? Yep, Verizon. Glad I got into their contract before they doubled the ETF’s!

    Anyone want to buy a like new Incredible or Droid1?

  32. Impressive journalism to uncover the true scope of Verizon’s little conspiracy with Microsoft. The next thing we all want to know is just how much blood money did Microsoft have to pay? All of us Android users want to know just how much Verizon’s price to sell us out is. All I can say is that it better have been a lot.

  33. Impressive journalism to uncover the true scope of Verizon’s little conspiracy with Microsoft. The next thing we all want to know is just how much blood money did Microsoft have to pay? All of us Android users want to know just how much Verizon’s price to sell us out is. All I can say is that it better have been a lot.

  34. Impressive journalism to uncover the true scope of Verizon’s little conspiracy with Microsoft. The next thing we all want to know is just how much blood money did Microsoft have to pay? All of us Android users want to know just how much Verizon’s price to sell us out is. All I can say is that it better have been a lot.

  35. These companies just can’t help themselves can they. They’re taking the best parts of Android – openness and customizability – and stripping them away.

    I love my Droid, but when upgrade time rolls around Sprint here I come.

  36. These companies just can’t help themselves can they. They’re taking the best parts of Android – openness and customizability – and stripping them away.

    I love my Droid, but when upgrade time rolls around Sprint here I come.

  37. These companies just can’t help themselves can they. They’re taking the best parts of Android – openness and customizability – and stripping them away.

    I love my Droid, but when upgrade time rolls around Sprint here I come.

  38. You can’t load the Google Search app on the Fascinate because it is now bundled with Voice Actions and requires 2.2 or higher. When the Fascinate gets Froyo, that will be the true test of how closed off this might be.

    If that’s the case, and it only DEFAULTS to Bing, that’s not a big deal.

  39. You can’t load the Google Search app on the Fascinate because it is now bundled with Voice Actions and requires 2.2 or higher. When the Fascinate gets Froyo, that will be the true test of how closed off this might be.

    If that’s the case, and it only DEFAULTS to Bing, that’s not a big deal.

  40. You can’t load the Google Search app on the Fascinate because it is now bundled with Voice Actions and requires 2.2 or higher. When the Fascinate gets Froyo, that will be the true test of how closed off this might be.

    If that’s the case, and it only DEFAULTS to Bing, that’s not a big deal.

  41. Wow first those Microsoft cock suckers try to buy out the BBQ and now this. This is the beginning of the end for Android on Verizon.

  42. Wow first those Microsoft cock suckers try to buy out the BBQ and now this. This is the beginning of the end for Android on Verizon.

  43. Wow first those Microsoft cock suckers try to buy out the BBQ and now this. This is the beginning of the end for Android on Verizon.

  44. This makes my phone search that much easier, now I don’t have to waste my time looking at Verizon phones.

  45. This makes my phone search that much easier, now I don’t have to waste my time looking at Verizon phones.

  46. This makes my phone search that much easier, now I don’t have to waste my time looking at Verizon phones.

  47. Wow, that came out of nowhere. I wonder how much Microsoft is paying for that privilege. And after Verizon stood beside Google at two different major Android announcements. That’s a huge slap in the face.

  48. Wow, that came out of nowhere. I wonder how much Microsoft is paying for that privilege. And after Verizon stood beside Google at two different major Android announcements. That’s a huge slap in the face.

  49. Wow, that came out of nowhere. I wonder how much Microsoft is paying for that privilege. And after Verizon stood beside Google at two different major Android announcements. That’s a huge slap in the face.

  50. it’s not dropping google allegedly, just their search.

    Verizon Wireless: We tout Blockbuster app (with a data cap) even though they’re going bankrupt and now we advocate Bing- the search engine that had to pay users to not use Google.

  51. it’s not dropping google allegedly, just their search.

    Verizon Wireless: We tout Blockbuster app (with a data cap) even though they’re going bankrupt and now we advocate Bing- the search engine that had to pay users to not use Google.

  52. it’s not dropping google allegedly, just their search.

    Verizon Wireless: We tout Blockbuster app (with a data cap) even though they’re going bankrupt and now we advocate Bing- the search engine that had to pay users to not use Google.

  53. well i’m following Android & Google..wherever it goes. Verizon you may be making a huge mistake. Even iPhones use Google Search (Forehead-slap)

  54. well i’m following Android & Google..wherever it goes. Verizon you may be making a huge mistake. Even iPhones use Google Search (Forehead-slap)

  55. well i’m following Android & Google..wherever it goes. Verizon you may be making a huge mistake. Even iPhones use Google Search (Forehead-slap)

  56. Verizon users can wave goodbye to any timely updates in future, then. Can you imagine Google busting a gut to get Gingerbread or Honeycomb onto Verizon-branded legacy devices just to fatten Microsoft’s pockets?

  57. Verizon users can wave goodbye to any timely updates in future, then. Can you imagine Google busting a gut to get Gingerbread or Honeycomb onto Verizon-branded legacy devices just to fatten Microsoft’s pockets?

  58. Verizon users can wave goodbye to any timely updates in future, then. Can you imagine Google busting a gut to get Gingerbread or Honeycomb onto Verizon-branded legacy devices just to fatten Microsoft’s pockets?

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