Some Nokia Lumia 930 and 630 versions don't allow users to set Google as default search engine

While Windows Phone isn’t known for being the most open mobile platform around, WP devices usually provide the option of setting Google as the default search engine in Internet Explorer. However, The Verge discovered that some Nokia Lumia 930 and Lumia 630 units do not offer said option. Specifically, unlocked Lumia 930 and 630 models sold in the UK don’t come with the option enabled - thus, users are forced to use Microsoft’s Bing as the default search engine no matter what.

The issue (if we may call it like that) seems to be restricted to the Lumia 930 and Lumia 630, both of which are brand new handsets that run Windows Phone 8.1. Some users who aren’t based in the UK report that they have the option enabled anyway, while older devices that are currently being updated to WP 8.1 should not encounter this problem at all.

Microsoft has yet to provide an official statement on the matter. Perhaps the company is just looking to promote Bing in a more aggressive manner. We’ll let you know if we hear new details on this.

P.S.: Android handsets allow users to change the default search engine (from Google's) to Bing, Yahoo, or Ask.

sources: The Verge, Tom Warren (Twitter)

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1. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

This sounds familiar.

3. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

Bing sucks

5. Jinto

Posts: 436; Member since: Jan 15, 2014

No, but my primary reason is cause of bing rewards

7. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

What rewards?....?

9. oboboy14

Posts: 51; Member since: Mar 27, 2014

Well since you think it sucks, it probably won't matter. Its really not that bad. Neither is IE 11, its faster than chrome on my computer, but I miss a lot of the extensions chrome offers.

10. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

Wp always having problems Halfbaked apps This problems That problem This is missing That's missing Can't do this Can't do that Can't sync deep integration Email attachment and showing problem on tiles Sucks - Can’t change ringtones for 3rd party apps, for example whatsapp sounds the same as my email, don’t know which is which, and can’t react accordingly. Not to mention Nokia all of a sudden feels like a notification light is worthless in WP. - No battery percentage on start screen. Smartphones are battery hungry, I want to ‘effing know how much I have left! I’m paranoid about that scrap ! Even more beacause the Lumia L1020 has s**tty battery life, no matter how Nokia claimed the updates fixed that. - Want to watch a video on silent, say when in a train? Yup, turn down your ringer volume from the volume rocker? Very convenient, thanks. Oh, yeah, and remember to turn the ringer volume back up after watching the video… - Why can’t you have a quick toggle for vibrate? It shows from the drop down menu, but can’t change it from there? Logical. I love the UI, but at times I feel my Nokia 5800 was way smarter and more powerful compared to this. It was an epic phone for the price. Well, at least I’m more pleased with the Lumia than the iPhone I had before it.

39. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

Why don't you go ahead and elaborate and what half baked apps tell us, are every app on Android running the latest update as those on iOS etc, the answer is no. Tell us the problems, tell us what is missing, tell us exactly what it cant do?, you say a lot of things anyone can say but without telling us exactly what you talk about your points are void, you are a simple troll. Now to the nonsense about WP can't deep sync integration, again explain what you mean in detail cause I can tell you WP moved smartphones from being App centric to integration centric or did you hit your head and forget, it started deep integration how can it not have it. Like Windows 8.1, Windows Phone 8.1 will sync tons of settings through your Microsoft account and those that make sense will sync between Windows and Windows Phone too. quit yapping. Email attachment and showing information on Tile, I have email attachment, in terms of Tiles WP unlike Android and iOS uses the complete homescreen and they all can be filled with Tiles, you cant get such a balance of beauty and productivity on any other homescreen. The other could only wish they had Live Tiles. The ringtones+sounds module in the settings app you can set a custom sound for new text or IM messages, new voicemails, new emails, and reminders. If you are to lazy to turn up a volume button it must be because you spend your energy trolling. No OS is perfect, Android and iOS has more than their fair share of problems, some of them obvious especially with Android. WP plays on minimalism something others are imitating, you can have a live Tile battery app or just estimate from the default battery app but showing the battery percentage is as easy as swiping down on action center, I don't need my smartphone experience cluttered. WP are known for great battery Life as opposed to others. At the end of the day I rather use a WP over any other platform cause for me when compared to the others it works best. That is called choice. Suck it up, live with it.

49. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

TL;DR version please. Btw your bing sucks. I like how nokia fanboys are unwillingly trying to like and use MS "services".

46. arenanew

Posts: 286; Member since: Dec 30, 2013

google os called baterry drainer second they fail in show right amount of information becoz they busing in makeing money and last my nokia 1600 better than nexus 5

16. Jinto

Posts: 436; Member since: Jan 15, 2014

25. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

You get rewarded for searching with Bing. It is like an airline frequent flyer program or a credit card membership rewards program, you earn rewards by using the service. The more you search the more credits you earn which can then be redeemed for many different things for eg. gift card (475 points). You should not diss something if you really don't now about it. Be opened minded.

34. RaKithAPeiRiZ

Posts: 1488; Member since: Dec 29, 2011

I think Microsoft should reward people for using their devices in the first place

37. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

Well everyone is basing their UI approach based on Windows UI influence so you know they are good.

38. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

You mean more like from Webos

40. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

Now you are just being plain foolish, you Sgodsell, Straightedgenexus or whatever his name is and quite a few others need to just lay off, enjoy technology.

50. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

You named me right, bro. :)

42. RaKithAPeiRiZ

Posts: 1488; Member since: Dec 29, 2011

Thats One reason why I'm still using Windows 7 instead of 8 and sold my lumia 520

47. Jinto

Posts: 436; Member since: Jan 15, 2014

Yea, I have been using Bing Rewards for a year now and I can get a 20 dollar amazon gift card now :) Thanks Bing!

15. sgodsell

Posts: 7160; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

I think Microsoft needs more search data to help with its projects Cortana and Adam. So what better way to get the data. Since WP is locked down and restricted. Microsoft forces its users to help them with the data Microsoft needs. Kind of like when Windows 8 was first introduced, forcing its users with Windows 8 metro UI.

20. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

Bing is awesome, you suck.

55. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

The IE on my VMware run bing default because I am too lazy to switch to Google. 70% of the time bing is OK. The other 30% I will just search with to get the right result. Sometime the bing search is so off that is humorous!

56. Muzhhur

Posts: 261; Member since: Sep 14, 2012

Yes It sounds exactly the same when you try to open websites like icloud or YouTube trought any Windows phone

2. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

Bing that's built right into WP, and powers Cortana, who has proven to provide competent, and accurate information, works perfectly fine.... There is absolutely no reason why a user would be hindered, or restricted in any way, by having Bing as the default search option... .............. So, who cares.... And If you really do, unnecessarily, care then you might want to get an Android device to make sure you get the best Google experience... Make sense? .............. These articles are stupid!.. Would PA ever run an article about how some Android devices won't let you choose Bing as the default search engine?... Get a life, Phone Arena..

4. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Ten minutes old, Rodney loses it. Grabs popcorn an cold one awaiting next flaming WP fan any moment..will it be the orange? Who could it be?

6. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

Lmfao Jealous Rodney That annoying orange sip1995 and that troll NokiaFTW fanboy will be here soon. Our you forgot Billgate. Those 3 immature kids

8. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

Get real. Having ONLY Bing is a no-go, not that I use Google. I tried to like Bing, but MSFT is just as annoying as Google with the data mining, and the constant Bing Rewards nonsense is worse. I would like it if every platform allowed Startpage/IXQuick search. iOS is at least allowing DuckDuckGo, which is my second choice.

13. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

Rewards are pretty much nonexistent on WP unless you install the app.. We're talking about Bing on WP.. What are you talking about?

57. Jinto

Posts: 436; Member since: Jan 15, 2014

On desktop you log on to bing on your msft account and do like 60 searches on it a day, and after a year, you will have enough points to get a $20 amazon gift card

11. seanwhat

Posts: 321; Member since: Jul 11, 2013

android devices would never do that, that's the point.

24. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

Ok, so what's the point?... Isn't this a WP device?... Do you expect for a WP device to look, function, and work like an Android device?.... What is going on here? Why?

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