Apple drops Microsoft's Bing in favor of Google for Siri web search results on iOS


Ok, so Samsung may not the be only company taking Google's money to use its search engine on their products. Apple has just confirmed that it has decided to switch from Bing to Google for Siri web search results on iOS.



According to Microsoft, web image results from Siri will still come from Bing, while web links and video results will now use Google's search engine. It's unclear whether or not this agreement is part of the $3 billion deal that Google has in place to keep its default search engine on iOS.

In the same piece of news, Apple announced that Spotlight on Mac will also use Google's search instead of Bing going forward, so there's that.

Apple stated that the changes announced today have been made to “allow these services to have a consistent web search experience with the default in Safari,” and has nothing to do with the relationships with Google and Microsoft.

Bing will still remain an option for Siri web search results on iOS, just that it won't be the default search engine starting this week.

source: TechCrunch

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12 Comments

1. mikehunta727 unregistered

Much better

2. xq10xa

Posts: 810; Member since: Dec 07, 2010

it used Bing? wow. In all seriousness....what is better on Bing than Google?

3. Heisenberg

Posts: 374; Member since: Feb 11, 2015

Microsoft related news

5. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

Or maybe because Microsoft was paying more for it, until now?

6. mikehunta727 unregistered

Bing was used because Apple could still use Siri interface when showing the results from Bing, prior, Google on the other hand wanted to show their white page results directly in Siri (bypassing Siri interface) and Apple didn't want that. Guess they came to a agreement now though. Another nearly billion devices now added to Google search results daily, further refining Google search algorithms

8. toukale

Posts: 631; Member since: Jun 10, 2015

9. Nopers unregistered

"To remain default search" That article isn't talking about the same thing.

10. mikehunta727 unregistered

Not talking about the default search engine IN Safari, I am talking about Siri and it's results it comes up with. Used to be Bing results all along until just now recently Google search results show up in Siri interface #6 was explaining why Siri used Bing all along until now despite Safari having Google as default search engine

11. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3137; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Yes, Siri has been using Bing since Day 1.

12. Xilam unregistered

Photos and videos.

4. Scott93274

Posts: 6033; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

The last time Bing made the news was when they had mistakenly posted a beach photo on their home page that had an illustration in the sand of a part of the male anatomy. That's kind of sad that's the last thing I recall reading about Bing.

7. rjmlive

Posts: 74; Member since: Apr 07, 2012

Vast majority will still never know or care what service is used in Siri search.

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