GDR2 update in India leaves Windows Phone 8 users unable to select Google as a default search option

GDR2 update in India leaves Windows Phone 8 users unable to select Google as a default search option
The animosity between Microsoft and Google is growing to the point that these two tech titans could replace Apple and Samsung when it comes to the mobile industry's hottest rivalry. Just last week, Google blocked Windows Phone 8 users from access to YouTube after the crew in Redmond offered a YouTube app to Windows Phone users that apparently continued to violate Google's ToS. Microsoft responded and the battle was on.

To make matters worse, those Windows Phone 8 users in India that downloaded the GDR2 update on their handset found that after installing the update, they lost the option to replace Bing as the default search engine on their phone with Google. Keep in mind that this doesn't prevent a Windows Phone user from just typing in www.Google.com to access the search engine from the browser on the phone. It's just another pain in the butt forcing you to make additional keystrokes. Of course, Microsoft is hoping that you will decide to give up and just keep Bing as your default search engine on Windows Phone 8.

 
source: WMPoweruser

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92 Comments

1. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

lol...I don't think it's a big deal for wp fans base to Bing it.

4. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

I find myself Google better.

19. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

Agree.

21. Kevinphantom

Posts: 82; Member since: Jun 17, 2013

Even on googles stock browser on android there is (bling+yahoo+ask jeeves) )why f**king Microsoft don't want to use Google in their crap wp lite

28. Chakra

Posts: 136; Member since: Dec 02, 2009

Have you been keeping up? May want to re-read the article again.

45. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Google and Microsoft hate each other. Microsoft scroogles Google, but Microsoft is scroogled. Microsoft is the one who started the stupid Scroogle campaign, and Nokia have to deal with the poor WP users. This scroogle thing never ends...

31. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Better is subjective.

44. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

And that's why he said "I" at the beginning of statement.

47. james004

Posts: 486; Member since: May 15, 2013

i never really had option for google, it always said either bing or yahoo. :(

51. gazmatic

Posts: 822; Member since: Sep 06, 2012

google sucks. literally http://lmgtfy.com/?q=literally

63. james004

Posts: 486; Member since: May 15, 2013

lol irony of you using google to explain that.

67. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

Ouch ! +1

73. gazmatic

Posts: 822; Member since: Sep 06, 2012

i used google because google killed english according to google, literally means figuratively now not surprised that went over your head

81. Fishbowl

Posts: 23; Member since: Jun 21, 2013

And the first result in your link shows why google isn't wrong in including it. "But these quibblers are wrong. The un-literal definition of "literally" is not new. It has been used for at least 200 years, and we have the proof. Literally. " The Oxford English Dictionary has also listed this secondary definition of the controversial term since 1903.

76. andro.

Posts: 1999; Member since: Sep 16, 2011

It is better,bing isn't great. I've long been a talker against windows mobile handsets and that's because they have been poor sellers and unpopular,the 520 however from Nokia has been a a good seller and the 625 should be the same. I've always been android first, although my current handset is a 925 for work and I like it. Yes android is certainly better, windows lacks apps and just a certain ease of use but after 4 years with android I'm liking the change. The 925 camera is awesome however and I use my Samsung android tab for games. Bing however should not replace Google search

20. dan86

Posts: 298; Member since: Mar 17, 2012

Google is better in all terms. It's the way people use internet.

39. UrbanPhantom

Posts: 949; Member since: Oct 30, 2012

Sorry, but your trashy lil' Chrome-book doesn't hold a candle to my water cooled intel i7 LGA2011 desktop. Don't even mention your Android phone... I think Google corporation is getting out of hand, and it's time to clip this bird's wings. The US justice department might be a good tool to ensure that Google plays fairly. It's also time they dropped that hypocritical "don't be evil" corporate motto. Let's not kid ourselves: GOOG is as evil as any other major company operating in the tech industry.

46. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

"Sorry, but your trashy lil' Chrome-book doesn't hold a candle to my water cooled intel i7 LGA2011 desktop. Don't even mention your Android phone..." How is that related with dan86's comment?

50. Rehankhan

Posts: 323; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

'Sorry, but your trashy lil' Chrome-book doesn't hold a candle to my water cooled intel i7 LGA2011 desktop' bit.ly/17ygL7h

65. rd_nest

Posts: 1656; Member since: Jun 06, 2010

You are using a liquid-cooled i7 desktop. Damn! Well, I just use a lowly DL560 G8.

53. gazmatic

Posts: 822; Member since: Sep 06, 2012

google is crap. literally http://lmgtfy.com/?q=literally

30. SuperNexus

Posts: 127; Member since: Jan 18, 2013

If this happens Then I am not going to update(GDR2) my Lumia . Google is more important than this for me.

54. gazmatic

Posts: 822; Member since: Sep 06, 2012

throw away your lumia and get an android

57. SuperNexus

Posts: 127; Member since: Jan 18, 2013

hahahah...... I have Note 2.

75. gazmatic

Posts: 822; Member since: Sep 06, 2012

then you are an admitted liar

85. SuperNexus

Posts: 127; Member since: Jan 18, 2013

I also Window Phone and Android Phone. I don't think it is difficult to believe.

77. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

Then you're a fool. You're not losing anything by using Bing (actually gaining, thanks to Bing Rewards), and if google is THAT important, pin google.com to your Start page! What a whiner.

90. SuperNexus

Posts: 127; Member since: Jan 18, 2013

Bing results aren't good as Google. and there is nothing useful in GDR2 and 3 so, no problem for me.

68. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

believe or not still google is a better search engine......!!!

2. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

Well that's a stupid move most people use/prefer google over Bing. I also find Google's result better than Bing's. this move make strain on alot of windows phone users. Google blocked YouTube which gave WP(their competitor) users a pain Microsoft blocked the option to switch between Bing and Google and set Bing as default search engine which also resulted in pain on WP user (their own customers). bad move

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