Microsoft preventing new Lumia owners from changing the default search engine to Google [update]
Microsoft has disabled the option to change the default search engine on new Lumia Windows Phones. Previously, consumers were able to switch between Bing and Google depending on personal preference, which would alter which service the Windows Phone would utilize when searching the internet using the Internet Explorer address bar. After acquiring Nokia's handset division, Microsoft has made it so only Bing is available for selection.
We've checked existing Lumia Windows Phones that have been bumped to Windows Phone 8.1 and we're still able to select Google as the default search engine. Comparing this to the Lumia 630 (or other new Lumia devices), which has the search engine selection removed from the advanced settings area of Internet Explorer. If you're rocking an older Lumia and want to change to Google, open up IE, head into settings and then "advanced settings".
Both Android and iOS offer options for consumers to switch search engines.
Update: It has been confirmed that some new European, carrier-locked Lumia 930/630 handsets still retain the setting.
Source: The Verge
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If it's not US only then I do think it will affect sales, one more reason to not to switch to WP!
[Quick Update] That said, it could be a potential problem for those moving from Android or iOS that want to retain Google as their search engine. My question for this is: if Microsoft wants to see Bing as the only search engine available for Windows Phone, how would they make the transition from search engine to search engine easy? What would they do about this issue going forward?
If Microsoft wants us to use Bing, than they should improve their service outside of US too.
Enough of your shit
Right now u are acting like you are a google fanboy
The bottom of the line : search engines are like anti-viruses , they're as good as is the amount of information collected , since there's no sorcery concerned or included :p
Really don't know why people outside US keep defending Bing when it's quite clear that Google offers better features there. The folks at Bing only care about US
Other- 0.41% Share of desktop and mobile browsers combined for June 2014
Other-4.47% Share of mobile (smartphone and tablet) browsers for June 2014
Why force users to manually navigate to Google.com in order to make an effective search?
Microsoft isn't the only one screwing Google fans. Not saying that this is a good move (because frankly I don't use Google) but the choice to switch should be there. However don't expect Cortana to function...
Other than that id stick to Google
Google Search? (not sure if they updated that crap app or if it was removed) I'm happy Waze was released on WP before they got bought out by Google (probably the most accurate with fastest route navigation app on WP or anywhere) however I'm not holding my breath for any updates. Google doesn't care about Windows Phone users so Google users shouldn't have to bend over backwards to use their services. I'm sorry for my Windows Phone brothers outside of the U.S. where Bing isn't as awesome as it is here but hopefully Cortana will make up for it. My point is Google sucks for not caring and being too prideful about releasing apps on Windows phone. I love YouTube and wish I didn't have to use a third party app to use it...
What's a Google BTW?
Y google no release YouTube?
Y google? Y?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?
I get your point but its not punishment.
I thought this was only a mobile issue?!
Chances are you can still set google as your primary search engine on IE however this should be a wake up call...
Google needs to invest resources to the windows phone platform or we need to stop crying that Bing sucks. Google.com is still available for those who really want it
I have a Windows Phone and I use Bing because I prefer Bing. If not having Google on my IE was such a big problem for me then I would look at other options. If Google was important to me then I would email them and ask them to bring their services over. I would look at other options on how to get Google on my phone...
And if Google was truly that important then why am I with Windows Phone?
Its always going to be Microsoft vs Google vs Apple. Once you realize that you'll be a much happier camper
search results are the same
And I m from India
Don't open your mouth and I wont stick my d!@k in it. Stick to the subject and don't try to be funny. Hater? SMH... Stupid girl.
Silly decision - and a definite red flag issue for when the time comes for me to upgrade from my 1020
You should be upset at google for not releasing apps on Windows Phone to fill in this void you have deep in your heart. Where's Youtube? (google doesn't care)
Google Search? Google Services?
You are upset at Microsoft for not giving you google?!
You should be upset at google for not giving you google.
Removing the option to have Google as the default search client just adds another layer of frustration. There may be good reason for it....but whatever the reason, it is a serious issue for me.
I want Google News, Shopping and Scholar results to come up instantly. I should have that choice...
All the other google services are ancillary. Google search is a core service - one which MS just has not matched outside of the US with Bing.
Google.com is still available and you can pin that as a tile.
I do not like Google - but its search engine is vastly better than Bing in the UK.
Bing will be default in that case.
Everyting is upto Microsoft!
I started using bing here in India for experiment and I was impresses and now i hardly visited google in 3years and now m totally bing it for everything.
Be upset at Google because you can't use their services not Microsoft. Its in Microsoft's best interest for you to use BING
Microsoft has no incentive in having this option and apparently more to gain so I'm all for it. The only two Google services I use is YouTube and Waze
No one seems to be upset at Google for not releasing apps that help you access their services... If you had google search or Chrome on windows phone how would this affect you?
Microsoft has Cortana and those markets where Cortana is available should be required to use Bing for the best possible experience. You want google search download the app. Microsoft doesn't need to invest more time on creating another app for google where google is going to force them to shut it down.
Again... Google.com is still available however where are the google apps? If we had a google search app or other google service application then the problem would be solved. You can still Google and even set a dedicated tile for google.com that Cortana can open for you. There's a work around for this small little inconvenience that requires no additional code as well...
You still wont be happy because you want google but the problem isn't Microsoft its google.
I know I can pin a custom tile but still it looks like a stupid retaliation that will annoy a lot of users.
A lot of people from France or UK would tell you that Bing results are inaccurate.. That's a fact.
And they should take down the Google App and make them write it in other code. At least three times. Then ban it anyway.
Maybe the future wil change that but for now.....
But you can always go to google.com and pin that on you homescreen.
I will make my future buying choice on the strength of this decision. I will not be forced to use a subpar search engine
Seriously this oS takes care of that... Lol Reply: But your missing the point - I want it as an option - it was already there. Bing sucks - I don't want to do that.
i don't think it'll do any good to WP. what's this microsoft?! is this one of those deliberate move to euthanize WP? prove us wrong...
Let people choose
Drives me insane
MSFT is very US oriented right now, even with the Xbox.
Get it? Haha! I use Bing for real search.. Less distractions and its great.. I have accumulated points but so sorry for me.. I can't redeem those points just yet in some goodies through Bing Rewards..