Originally reported in an RUU dump by Androidcentral.com, it is again confirmed that the new HTC Merge on Verizon will come out with Bing as the default search engine instead of Google. Verizon confirmed to thedroidguy.com last night that Verizon wanted to give customers a choice when it came to searching. So, we asked about the upcoming Windows Mobile devices, will they put Google Search on those devices, to which they replied customers can go to google.com from any device.
You may remember this story where Verizon and Microsoft denied through a statement saying Microsoft’s Bing wasn’t an “Exclusive” deal however that just means we can wait years and years and if in 2020 they decide to restore Google, than the statement isnt a flat out blowoff right?
We have confirmed through good reliable sources that at least the next 3 devices the Samsung I400, The LG Vortex and The HTC merge are all Android devices and in fact all using Bing as a default. The photo is a genuine screen shot from the HTC Merge running Sense UI with Bing as the default.
It is worthy to note in Android 2.2 you can download the complete google suite including search from market but the default widget buttons still go to Bing.