Apple may replace Google with Bing on iPhone: report

Jan 20, 2010
Microsoft's Roger Wong (2nd R) demonstrates maps using Bing at the 2010 International Consumer Electronics Show at the Las Vegas Convention Center January 8, 2010 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Apple is in talks with Microsoft to make Bing the default search engine on the iPhone instead of Google, BusinessWeek magazine reported on Wednesday.

Apple is in talks with Microsoft to make Bing the default search engine on the iPhone instead of Google, BusinessWeek magazine reported on Wednesday.

BusinessWeek, citing two people familiar with the matter, said the talks have been under way for weeks and reflect the growing rivalry between Apple and Google, which is currently the default search engine on the iPhone.

Google chief executive resigned last year from Apple's board of directors and the and advertising giant recently came out with a smartphone of its own, the Nexus One, seen as a rival to Apple's iPhone.

Apple also recently bought mobile advertising company Quattro Wireless, two months after Google purchased Quattro Wireless rival AdMob.

BusinessWeek said the discussions between Apple and Microsoft on replacing Google with Bing, which Microsoft launched in June, could still unravel and may not be concluded quickly.

The magazine noted that being the default Web search engine on the iPhone carries financial benefits for Google, which collects money from advertising placed alongside search results and shares it with Apple.

BusinessWeek, which was bought recently by Bloomberg financial news agency, said that making Bing the default search engine on the could require users to adjust the phone settings if they want to search the Web using Google.

The magazine also said that Apple is looking at providing a search option itself and that a deal with Microsoft may be "about buying itself time."

is the overwhelming Web search leader with a 65.7 percent share of the US search market in December compared with just 10.7 percent for Bing, according to tracking firm , and also dominates in mobile search.

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Rynox77
not rated yet Jan 20, 2010
Gee... thank you, Apple, for deciding that I should use Bing instead of Google on my iPhone, even though I prefer Google.
Parsec
1 / 5 (1) Jan 21, 2010
Wow, another reason not to buy an iPhone. Along with cost, the restriction to a single inferior carrier, serious restrictions on the capability of add-on apps, etc.

I guess Apple really believes in themselves. I remember a time when Apple absolutely controlled the PC business with better than 90% of the market, and their only competitors were Apple clones. They had the best technology, the best user interface, along with an exciting and powerful platform. They even had captured the killer apps to go along with it.

By their policy of using a completely closed platform and raising prices much higher than justified, they managed to fritter away 90% of their market share to IBM and IBM compatibles. I think in the long run this really favors Google. People always prefer freedom, and as long as Google can deliver a high quality phone in the same neighborhood in quality to the iPhone, they will win because of their policies.
Mr_Frontier
not rated yet Jan 21, 2010
You can pick your search engine on the iphone, it takes two seconds to switch from a default engine to one you like. Can you freak out any harder?
greg_woulf
not rated yet Jan 21, 2010
I can't tell everyone here how many times I've done a search on Bing, and had to do another on Google, or Yahoo or any other search tool.

Bing is clearly the worst of all of the search engine in my opinion.