After the recent news and hubbub about Verizon and their decision to drop Google Search in favor of Bing, we decided to do some looking into the matter. Incidentally, our friend Kyle (TheDroidGuy) was already doing some investigating on his own. Apparently, this Bing deal might go beyond the Samsung Fascinate. We’ve heard some unconfirmed reports that Verizon may possibly be ditching Google for their Droid lineup as well. Kyle mentions that he has heard the same from two separate sources.
Look, I get it. Licensing software and exclusive partnerships are what help differentiate handsets. Removing one app or service in favor of another stinks to be sure. At least Verizon customers still have the option of dropping apps in from outside sources. Extracting the Google search app/widget from another build and installing the APK sounds like a feasible workaround that stage. Of course, rooting a phone always gets rid of the bloatware and heavy-handedness that comes with smart phones.
Would this be a deal breaker for you as a potential Verizon customer? Are you so for Google or against Bing that you’d consider going elsewhere? Are there any Verizon reps out there willing to talk with us? Off the record and anonymously, of course!