In January, there were murmurs of Bing replacing Google as the default search provider on the Apple iPhone. The Gregorian calender has moved to March at its traditional pace and nothing has happened on that front. But Google Search is now on the verge of getting snubbed on its own turf: Android. If you are unaware, Android is coming to AT&T in the form of the Motorola Blackflip, which is scheduled to hit stores on March 7, 2010. But Google will be a little less excited about the launch now, for the
carrier is said to have removed Google as the default search provider “throughout” the phone and opted for Yahoo instead.
“Yahoo has replaced Google as the default search provider throughout the phone. It's crazy: the home screen widget, the browser, everything's been programmed to use Yahoo. We love us some irony, but golly, we'd prefer Google searches most of the time,” Engadget's Chris Ziegler wrote on the blog after unboxing the phone.
It is no secret that Google is the world's most popular search provider by a long distance. It is difficult to imagine why smartphone users may want to use Yahoo or any other search engine over Google. However, in case there is even an iota of doubt over Google's popularity among smartphone users, it is best to leave the choice to the users themselves. Search engine ballot, anyone?