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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