Samsung Fascinate...NO GOOGLE !!!!

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    My business partner just got his Samsung Fascinate today by way of our Verizon Rep...to his surprise there is NO GOOGLE anything on this phone. It is driven by a Bing search engine, and has no google maps and no access to the market to download. Appearantely the operating system does not support google apps. I can't believe there is no one saying anything about this and does anyone know who made this decisions...Verizon or Samsung...who's to blame
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    According to droid-life.com per a tweet, you can install google maps and stuff on it.
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    That would be a Samsung decision. I saw that about the bing stuff, but am surprised that there would be no Market access nor support for Google applications. That part just makes no sense.

    Sent from my DROIDX
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    IIRC the Samsung Fascinate has always been said to be Bing Driven.....
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    Correct. I have an update that's burning to be used and I STILL can't find anything worth upgrading to.

    Fascinate has failed to fascinate me. What a waste of a device.


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    I'm still holding out for the Droid Pro
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    Get the X ya sissy...:icon_ banana:
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    Where is this info. When he did a online search the info he found said the phone would not even support google maps without rooting it. I own a Droid X and i'm not familiar with the Samsung at all, but we have a large number of phones on a business plan (most Droid based) and he's talking about canceling Verizon he's so pissed and is blaming Verizon. I understand it has no Google Search, which means no google voice commands or voice recognition driven by google, which sucks, but is there an actual way to put Google Maps on the phone without any major mods?
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    I think I gave up hope on the MoDropro :icon_evil:

    I will be surprised if it turned out to be what I initially expected it to be
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    I like the fascinate... I don't care about bing because I can root it and install custom roms (cough droid X) to remove bloatware ect.

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    Everything I've read says the Fascinate should be easy root and ROM. If that's the case wouldn't the Fascinate with a CrystalClear ROM or CyanogenMOD ROM be one of the best phones out?
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    i couldnt believe it either..... no google...WTF?
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    Maybe, but it still Samsung hardware.....dancedroid
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    From my experience Samsung phones are hit an miss... same with Moto. Seems like a solid device though. I like it because of the screen size....
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    Great device but not worth upgrading to. I can't give up root access AND a unlocked bootloader just for any device : )

    Wow me and I'll be there.....
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    These are my thoughts exactly and I thought they almost had me with the Pro, but no...nothing to see there
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    I'm pretty sure Bing and VZNav is on the Fascinate because of Verizon, not Samsung's doing. :mad:

    The BOGO is very tempting on the Fascinate, but I think I will pass on it. I will wait to see the Verizon HTC Evo phone supposedly coming in December.
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    I'm not sure it's a Samsung thing anymore, some of the tweets I saw from other Android sites seem to think that Verizon isn't going to be allowing google search on any future devices due to some deal they struck with Microsoft. Dunno what to believe really... And yes I'm really really itching to get a new phone but like CK nothing released has excited me.
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    the locked bootloader is overblown so is the motobloat.
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    If that's true about Bing being on all future Verizon Android phones, that is cr@p.

    That is almost as bad as them putting that fugly red bar menu interface on all their phones like they did years ago. :mad:
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