Cell Phone News – Verizon Confirms Google Search Coming to Samsung Fascinate

Verizon Wireless has confirmed to Phone Scoop via email that the Samsung Fascinate, which shipped with Bing as the default search engine, will be able to download the official Android Google Search application once the Fascinate is updated to Android 2.2. Verizon Wireless would not confirm when that update is scheduled to take place, but suggested that users who want to use Google Search instead of Bing set Google.com as their Android browser home page. Verizon Wireless spokesperson Brenda Raney said, “You can go to Google’s home page and download an icon from that page and use Google as an alternative search option.” Alternately, Raney said that Fascinate users can “download Voice Search from the Marketplace and when you use Voice Search, it searches in Google.” Though the Android 2.2 update will allow Fascinate users to download, install, and use Google Search, Google Search will not replace Bing as the main search engine that launches when the “Search” button is pressed. That button will always launch Bing, even after Google Search is installed.

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