In certain markets, Google disappears as search option with GDR1 update to Windows Phone 8.1

In certain markets, Google disappears as search option with GDR1 update to Windows Phone 8.1
If you own a Windows Phone 8.1 device, once you install the GDR1 update, you better like Bing over Google Search. In many markets, the GDR1 update removes all search options except for Bing, according to documentation for the update. Currently, Windows Phone users can go into the advanced settings on Internet Explorer, and choose between Bing and Google to handle their search needs. 

According to documentation found on the Windows Phone Dev Center website, after the GDR1 update, "the only search provider included on the phone is Bing." In some markets, like Russia and Turkey, "Yandex" will be the search engine provided. In other locations where Bing is not supported, manufacturers will give users a couple of search engine names to choose from.

It is easy to see why Microsoft would want to promote its own home cooking, and perhaps grab some of that ad revenue that Google is swimming in. Check out the documentation by clicking on the sourcelink, to see what the suits in Redmond have in mind.


source: WindowsPhoneDevCenter via NPU

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109 Comments

1. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Good. Not saying I support the move but it's a nice way to give Google a solid middle finger since they're doing the same thing as well when it comes to some of their services.

5. Awalker

Posts: 1986; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

Use Microsoft services.

7. WahyuWisnu

Posts: 1001; Member since: May 29, 2014

I just hope it won't end up like apple map that lead their user to the airport runway.

27. needa

Posts: 205; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

lol. that's good stuff right there.

73. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

It is fine, Bing has shown to be 100% accurate when searching for better browsers with Google search like firefox and chrome. So making it the default just makes finding them easier.

76. sgodsell

Posts: 7514; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Bull. If you want to look up information regarding other OS's then bing sucks. If you only work with Microsoft then its fine, but if want any information on any OS's other then Microsoft's, then it truly sucks.

63. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Give it a rest.

74. AfterShock

Posts: 4147; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Maybe reflect on that thought, more.

78. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

Rotflmfao That was so funny I believe Apple map took Mxzy to several wrong destinations. I also believe Mxzy did not once get angry of his beloved Apple, cause Apple said so.

11. DEATHSTROKE9

Posts: 399; Member since: Nov 09, 2013

I think this is stupid.

12. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

Ms deserves the middle finger, by Google. Patent trolling.

13. 87186

Posts: 312; Member since: Aug 01, 2014

sure. keep telling yourself that.

30. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

Sure give or provide some explanation of why...

35. ManusImperceptus

Posts: 724; Member since: Jun 10, 2014

That's typically the duty of the accuser...

55. NokiaFTW

Posts: 2072; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

You deserve all the fingers from everyone on this planet.

79. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

Know don't be silly kid That's off topic

14. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

Yeah I wonder what the real situation is why Google doesn't make any official apps of their services for Windows Phone... I don't see any advantage in Bing over Google. Honestly with such a tiny Windows Phone market share I doubt Bing being an only option will really make them that much more money....

57. WahyuWisnu

Posts: 1001; Member since: May 29, 2014

Windows Phone only sold maybe 20-30 million unit, and most of them is low end that were used as dumb phone because of the price of the US$50-80. So, Google is smart NOT to support the failing platform. It's the same reason on why google (and BIG/high-quality developer) don't support BB OS10, because it only sold around 3-4 million unit.

65. BobbyDigital

Posts: 2125; Member since: May 29, 2014

Time and time again you prove to be nothing but a troll, TrollyWahu. BlackBerry is nowhere in this article and you still find ways to bring them up. You're life must SUCK. Nothing but a punk kid with a low end $2 Android phone and you think you know everything. Get a life already kid.

81. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

You didn't give nor provide any notation, only your assumptions. That's off topic.

99. billgates

Posts: 555; Member since: May 29, 2014

That's total bull actually. What about the Xbox one on launch having YouTube?

106. WahyuWisnu

Posts: 1001; Member since: May 29, 2014

wp user is rubish (mostly using it as dumb phone). Xbox one is NOT wp. It has lots of REAL user, unlike wp.

20. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

And everyone raked them over the coals for doing so, but if MS does the same thing, it's OK? Yeah that makes sense.

36. ManusImperceptus

Posts: 724; Member since: Jun 10, 2014

There's a difference between doing it first and responding in kind. That being said, I don't like the move from a users point of view, just as I don't like Google's ditto. Since Google started, I'm sticking with avoiding their services when possible...

95. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

The difference is, you can still search using other browsers or search engines on android, where you can't here. Google may make their services es the default, but they can almost always be changed. See the difference now?

46. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Well for those google lovers, just download the search app from scroogle. You wont miss it coz its the only app google developed for Windows phone. If they cant develop for WP then they cant have their search in Windows phone. Simple as that.

60. UglyFrank

Posts: 2194; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Google is really sad about the miniscule lose of traffic

61. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2280; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

Completely agree with this.

64. BobbyDigital

Posts: 2125; Member since: May 29, 2014

You are a serious hater. But then, you always have been.

82. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

Why shouldn't he have the right to hate the patent trolling company?

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