Everybody is pretty much disappointed in Verizon and the latest bomb dropped on the Android community regarding the all new Samsung Fascinate. We all know the main reason why Android got where it is today and managed to get ahead of its competition (mainly ahead of the iOS). Whilst everyone appreciated the open nature of the Android OS that allows the end users to choose or change all the default settings to their likings, some so called “partners” turned out taking advantage of this good nature and freedom allowed by Google.
Probably overconfident after their success with the Droid line, Verizon made a rather bold and irresponsible move when deciding to replace Google with Bing on the Samsung Fascinate making it the default search engine for the device. Moreover, the Android 2.1 based device didn’t even come with the option to install Google Search so every Fascinate user woke up being stuck with Bing.
Trying to somehow fix things and wash a bit of the shame it went through, Verizon ended up making things worse and getting even more criticized. They assured Fascinate users that along with the Froyo update, the owners will finally get the possibility to download the Google Search functionality. But don’t start praising Verizon for its generosity yet, as Bing will still remain the default engine and no amount of user interference will change that. Fascinate owners will be stuck with Bing at least until the Android 2.2 update which is supposed to take place by the end of this month.