Motorola announced a new “global” alliance with Microsoft that will see Bing used as the default search engine on Motorola Android-based services. This move starts in China where there will be turmoil between Google and China, but this is called a “global” alliance launching in China.
Motorola said that users will get a pre-loaded Bing bookmark on the mobile browser, which will have an enhanced search widget with Bing integration where users can customize their devices and choose their own search provider.
“We believe that consumer choice is one of the most critical components to ensuring a rich and seamless client experience,” said Christy Wyatt, corporate vice president of software and services, Motorola Mobile Devices. “Motorola and Microsoft have enjoyed a longstanding collaboration and the addition of Bing services to our Android-based smartphones in China is another important step in empowering our end-users.”
“Mobile devices continue to be a critical place for customers to access location-based services such as local search and mapping,” said Yusuf Mehdi, senior vice president of the Online Services Division at Microsoft. “We are pleased to expand our long-standing relationship with Motorola to bring powerful Bing location-based services to Motorola’s innovative new mobile devices, providing consumers with more choice and flexibility in mobile search.”