1. PxuLL's Avatar
    Microsoft has disabled an option to set Google as the default search engine on some of its latest Lumia Windows Phones. The option is currently supported on the majority of Nokia's Lumia devices, thanks to an advanced setting in Internet Explorer on Windows Phone 8.0. Microsoft acquired Nokias phone business in April, and the company's first handsets, the Lumia 630 and Lumia 930, are shipping without the option on Windows Phone 8.1. Microsoft has never allowed Windows Phone users to alter the physical search button behavior, which defaults to Bing, but Internet Explorer users could enable the setting to use the address bar to search within Google instead of manually navigating to the search engine or using the Bing default.

    The Verge understands phone makers and operators have the ability to choose the default search engine on their devices, and Nokia previously chose to offer the ability for Windows Phone users to switch to Google on their handsets. Existing Lumia handsets, even those updated to Windows Phone 8.1, appear to be unaffected by the change. In our testing on unlocked Lumia 930 and Lumia 630 devices, the Google option is missing. Some European versions of the handsets appear to have the Google option enabled. Google is currently seeking to dismiss a US antitrust lawsuit that argues phone manufacturers are forced to set Googles search engine as the default on Android handsets. However, Google allows Android users to set Ask, Bing, or Yahoo as the default search engine in Chrome, and Apple also offers a choice between Google, Yahoo, and Bing in its Safari for iOS browser. Weve reached out to Microsoft for comment, and well update you accordingly.

    Update, 7:16AM ET: Some European Lumia 930 / 630 carrier-supported devices have the Google option enabled. The article has been updated to reflect this.

    Source: Microsoft won't let you set Google as default search on some new Lumias | The Verge

    Not the best move from MSFT its pretty childish.
    07-15-2014 07:44 AM
  2. AR2186's Avatar
    Honestly, I'd be surprised if anyone actually cared. Up until my Lumia Icon, my 928 and my girlfriend's HTC 8x couldn't choose google either (that may have changed with Lumia black).
    11B1P likes this.
    07-15-2014 07:57 AM
  3. desitunez's Avatar
    Andriod Lumias Will :D /S
    07-15-2014 08:05 AM
  4. SnailUK's Avatar
    Not the best move from MSFT its pretty childish.
    Why?

    How can Microsoft improve Bing, if everyone instantly changes their search engine to Google?

    Google own something like 70% of the mobile market these days, and i'd bet the average user never changes their browser. So Microsoft need every single search they can get to improve their service. Otherwise the chasm between Google and everyone else (not just Bing) gets bigger and bigger.
    07-15-2014 08:44 AM
  5. cbreze's Avatar
    My icon does not use google. I can set google as default under options but it uses bing as default no matter what I set it to use.
    07-15-2014 12:47 PM
  6. TechFreak1's Avatar
    My icon does not use google. I can set google as default under options but it uses bing as default no matter what I set it to use.
    The dedicated search key will use Bing, the advanced option is actually for the address bar in internet explorer.

    Personally I have no reason to use Google for search, the only service I use on a off basis is Youtube to watch videos. As unfortunately everyone posts their videos on it.
    11B1P likes this.
    07-15-2014 12:51 PM
  7. jfa1's Avatar
    So what?!
    Kram Sacul likes this.
    07-15-2014 06:16 PM
  8. btbam91's Avatar
    Had no clue you could even change the search. Love Bing so this doesn't effect me.
    Sent from my RM-820_nam_att_100 using Tapatalk
    11B1P likes this.
    07-15-2014 09:58 PM
  9. mesamit's Avatar
    fair enough
    07-15-2014 10:15 PM
  10. hotphil's Avatar
    Good.
    11B1P likes this.
    07-15-2014 10:37 PM
  11. xandros9's Avatar
    I really just enjoyed the comments.

    But why do they do such moves, they should know by now the media and public would blast them for less significant things than the competition.
    ah well, maybe it was just a "screw it" decision.
    07-15-2014 10:45 PM
  12. Zacharyw70's Avatar
    I don't mind Microsoft wanting to improve Bing, and I'm sure Bing will be fine. My major concern is this is just another reason for Google to say FU to Microsoft.
    07-15-2014 11:13 PM
  13. portalfocus's Avatar
    I don't mind Microsoft wanting to improve Bing, and I'm sure Bing will be fine. My major concern is this is just another reason for Google to say FU to Microsoft.
    No, reverse.
    07-15-2014 11:20 PM
  14. MDMcAtee's Avatar
    Choice is good, let the owners of the phones decide what they use
    07-16-2014 12:29 AM
  15. hotphil's Avatar
    My major concern is this is just another reason for Google to say FU to Microsoft.
    I don't see what the downside of that would be.
    07-16-2014 01:13 AM
  16. OberstDanjeje's Avatar
    My Lumia 930 Italy Country Variant have the option to change the search provider
    07-16-2014 04:59 AM

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