Plan on purchasing the newest Samsung smartphone, the Fascinate? Well I'm sure you know by now that the handset is running Android. And when you think of Android, the first word that pops into your head is probably "Google," and not "Bing." However, it seems like those sneaky folks over at Verizon have a trick up their sleeve. Verizon and Samsung have chosen to include Bing Maps on the Fascinate, instead of its arch-nemesis Google Maps. Furthermore, Bing Search will be the default search engine on the Fascinate, again in place of Google. Don't we love open-source?
In addition to all this Bing bling (sorry for the terrible pun), the Fascinate will be pre-equipped with all the Verizon bloatware goodies: VZ Navigator, V Cast Music with Rhapsody, V Cast Videos, and Mobile IM. Check out what else you should expect to see on your Fascinate (thanks to Andronica):
This is not the first time that Verizon has opted to utilize Bing over Google. In July 2009, VZ signed a 5-year exclusivity agreement with Microsoft to use Bing on upcoming devices. As of December 2009, Verizon announced that its Blackberry users will be forced to use Bing Search, by making Bing the default engine, and removing all other search options.
- V CAST Music with Rhapsody®, V CAST Video on Demand, V CAST Song ID, Visual Voice Mail, V CAST Tones, VZ Navigator® and Mobile IM , City ID
- Samsung’s Social Hub – Built around messaging, contacts and calendar sync, which allows users to send and receive information, whether it is e-mail, social network updates or SMS messages
- Integrated Calendar information from portal calendars, on Exchange, Google Calendar™ and social networking services (SNS), including Facebook®
- Integrated Contacts syncs with Exchange, Google, Twitter and Facebook® and displays a user’s contacts in four categories including Information, History (previous calls and messages), Activities (status updates and notifications on social networking sites) and Media (Facebook profile photos and photo gallery)
- Feeds & Updates – Displays feeds from multiple SNS sites such as Facebook®, MySpace and Twitter, which also allows users to update their status instantly
- AllShare Application – Enables inter-device connectivity through Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA), so users can send multimedia content wirelessly to other DLNA-enabled devices such as TVs and laptops
- Daily Briefing – Instant access to weather, news, stocks and schedule
- Write and Go – Quickly jot down an idea and later decide on a format, such as SMS/ MMS, e-mail, calendar or memo, to send or post to popular SNS sites such as Facebook, Twitter and MySpace
- Weather Clock – Displays current time and weather of the selected city (ability to add and select other cities)
Edit: Here's a link to Verizon's 5 year deal with Bing, penned in July 2009