AT&T favors Yahoo instead of Google for its default search engine in its Android phone

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AT&T favors Yahoo instead of Google for its default search engine in its Android phone
Eerily similar to the events that unfolded between Google's Android launch in China, AT&T executed a move that makes some people scratch their heads – they opted to go with using Yahoo for the default search provider as opposed to Google. This is similar to how Motorola ended up choosing Baidu as the search engine of choice in its Android phone in China as Google and the country were still not in good terms over some recent events. As AT&T customers will soon have their chance in purchasing the Motorola BACKFLIP in stores, rumors also suggest that AT&T might take out some of the native Android apps in favor for their own – this would include AllSport GPS, AT&T Maps, AT&T Music, AT&T Navigator, AT&T Wi-Fi Hotspots, Mobile Banking, MobiTV, MusicID, Where, and YPmobile. It may seem a bit foreign to some customers as they begin to comprehend why a Google Android phone uses Yahoo as its default search engine – we'll see how it all pans out as the BACKFLIP makes its way to Android starved AT&T customers.

Motorola BACKFLIP Specifications

source: Engadget via Android and Me



1. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

i bet pressure from Apple made them change it up.. oh boy.

2. vine2winesd

Posts: 3; Member since: Mar 02, 2010

Man this is really old news....You can give up the conspiracy theory. AT&T and Yahoo signed an agreement back in 2008 about their partnership.... edia-net-081586

7. htc_prep

Posts: 303; Member since: Oct 09, 2009

@democratic That's what I Was thinking. I bet their Android line is going to go to the way side until they lose their Iphone exclusivity. What's the purpose in buying a gold bar if its hollow on the inside?

3. grech03

Posts: 13; Member since: Feb 24, 2010

GAYT&T just ruined that phone! Whats the point of having a Android phone when you are going to remove some of the applications on it. Even making the default search engine Yahoo? Hopefully that can be changed back to Google(Or download some sorta application for it). Also does this mean their is not going to be Google maps? Is it replaced with their navigator. I dont think that was a good choice for them. I guess if someone wants a Android OS on GAYT&T then they will get it or wait for the next one. Google's search works so great with Google maps. Wonder how this is going to work out. If any carrier out their is going to lock down a phone or remove stuff off of it, Verizon is well known for doing that not AT&T. I have the Droid with VZW. Not interested in this phone i just think its stupid how they can remove applications on it and mainly change the search browser.

6. artz1986

Posts: 453; Member since: Mar 11, 2009

uhm, all phones subsidized through a carrier is "locked down"...

4. Kappy

Posts: 108; Member since: Dec 14, 2009

Yeah, this is lame. How are you gonna sell an Android phone and not use google as your search provider? I know they signed a contract, but ATT was dumb for doing that s*it

5. artz1986

Posts: 453; Member since: Mar 11, 2009

Question.. what's the point of having an Android OS if you are only suppose to use Google apps? That contradicts the whole Android experience. If you don't want at&t apps, flash it and do what you will, voila! Have we stopped thinking?

11. Mateo8326

Posts: 472; Member since: Jul 15, 2009

good point android ain't about google apps it the whole os itself

8. rwolf1984

Posts: 536; Member since: Jun 06, 2009

I think these agreements are ridiculous. Carriers should let customers decide how they want to use their phones. I didnt agree how VZW forced Bing on its customers blackberries, but taking google search away from google phone isnt stupid. AT&T and Yahoo have been partners for years, but that doesn't justify this fatal error. There will be a way to get google search back on the phone and there will be a way to get the free GPS...hopefully with out compromising any features like motoblur and the att propriety stuff if you use it.

9. phkhmh42

Posts: 7; Member since: Feb 26, 2009

That is one of the dumbest thing I've ever heard. How in the world do you sell a google phone and not use the google search. Android is so Google integrated it won't be maximizing the potential of their android phone. Of course the did decide to carry the Backflip which is a bad design. I think they are doing this just to say they have an android phone but they are still going to ride the iPhone train. They are fooling themselves if they think customers won't be leaving AT&T in droves once they loose exclusiveness on the iPhone.

12. Mateo8326

Posts: 472; Member since: Jul 15, 2009

This is not a google phone for one, and the design is one of a kind so not really sure what you mean are you hating lol

10. crd22

Posts: 77; Member since: Apr 15, 2008

haha Google got pwned!

14. phonedemocracy

Posts: 98; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

google doesn't get pwned. Google moves on and makes the Nexus One available on Verizon. Google wins.

13. vzw fanman

Posts: 1977; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

that sucks for backflip users!

15. Mateo8326

Posts: 472; Member since: Jul 15, 2009

i don't think people who are getting the backflip will be mad b/c their default brower is yahoo instead of google.

16. Gowireless

Posts: 85; Member since: Feb 23, 2010

At&t cant do anything right

17. cellgeek82

Posts: 518; Member since: Dec 20, 2009

I still think the Android phones on Verizon will be a better experience. This AT&T phone appears too stripped down compared to my Droid.

19. Mateo8326

Posts: 472; Member since: Jul 15, 2009

Android is a OS it could be on sprint and tmobile and it will run the same as Verizon or AT&T, not sure what you are talking about

18. Jyakotu

Posts: 867; Member since: Dec 12, 2008

So because the Backflip uses Yahoo instead of Google for it's search engine, that makes the phone less better?

20. cansler

Posts: 136; Member since: Oct 07, 2009

No, it's just that google is highly integrated into the Android experience. But I'm sure it can be reprogrammed to revert to Yahoo. And once it is yours you can do what you will with it. I think this was the main reason why AT&T does not have an Android device yet, they had to go in and change everything. And manufacturers/developers were having difficulty making the changes. I think it's a bad move. They don't hear all the complaints?

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