As some of you are probably aware, the Samsung Fascinate was recently released and one of the more curious aspects of the Fascinate is that Bing is the default search engine. In addition, people have been having a hard time getting the Google Search widget to work on the phone.
This is unfortunately one of the side effects of the Android platform being so open... the carriers are able to tinker with it to their hearts desire. Now, we can of course root the phones and install or deinstall whatever software we wish but most casual users won't want to have to go that route.
It is unfortunate that Verizon is not giving you a choice to revert back to Google if you wish, but we can hope and perhaps pressure Verizon into adding that as an option in a future OTA update.
In the mean time, we were sad to read the news on The Droid Guy's blog that it is possible that all future Verizon phones will have Bing as the default search engine (at the very least) and possibly even cripple the phone from being able to use Google.
Is this a revenue sharing deal that Verizon has made with Microsoft/Bing or something else? We don't know... but we will keep on the case and keep you updated.
(Source: EXCLUSIVE: Verizon Dropping Google Search From All Future Androids? Android Phones, Android Tips, Android News Thedroidguy.com)