Samsung Fascinate Will Include Bing Maps and Search

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    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.

    Thoughts?

    via Andronica

    Edit: Here's a link to Verizon's 5 year deal with Bing, penned in July 2009
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    well that just made it certain that i will not be getting this phone... i hate all the verizon crap they shove onto the phone with no option to delete it for something better! no thanks!
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    Indeed, this is a lot of bloatware. However, I'm sure the hacking community will find ways to eliminate the pre-loaded apps you don't want (specifically, via rooting).
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    Bing? Why the M$ crap?
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    I thought Google and VZW had a great and still growing relationship. What is up with this??? They pulling an AT&T???

    And if I was still considering the Galaxy this would make my decision. Bing and bloatware??? I'll pass.
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    As long as they dont do it to the moto devices im good
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    root -> google!
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    you can still download google maps/navigation from the market though right?
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    Can you install install all of the Google apps, if they're not there already?
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    Its an app in the marketplace. I would assume you can install it. However, who knows what Verizon may try to pull and lock it out...
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    I saw that it supports ActiveSync, which is good. I assume that's more a feature of Android 2.1, than of the phone itself.

    Do all Android 2.1 phones support push Gmail, or is that only guaranteed with the Droid models?
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    Nothing against Bing (I don't use it, so I don't know if it's any good or bad), but this move introduces another type of "fragmentation". Part of what I like about the Google sphere on Android is the integration of gmail, contacts, maps, etc. both on my phone and in the "cloud". Using bing maps and bing search would be an additional account/login, and would provide another opportunity for things to fall in between the cracks.
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    I guess the way to combat that would be to just go to the market and install google maps. Once the phone gets rooted it'll be very easy to remove the bloatware that Verizon feels is 'necessary' for our devices.
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    all Android phones should support Push. it's a basic and integral part of the code
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    Please forgive my ignorance as I do not know what a root is, etc. I am interested in the Fascinate as my next phone but also want to make sure that Froyo/Android 2.2 is an option. Does anyone know if this is a possibility with all the great hacks I hear of?

    Thanks!!
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    the Fascinate (all Galaxy S) phones will eventually get the 2.2 update (probably sooner rather than later).

    but there is a possiblity that your phone will be rooted, and a custom 2.2 rom put on it before then.
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    I am SO OUTRAGED by this!!! Android has now officially lost all its integrity.

    And VZ Navigator preinstallled? Does that mean this phone will not have Google Maps' free turn-by-turn navigation on it? This has always been a major selling point of the Android platform for me! Damn the insatiable greed of these people!
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    i was wondering why the galaxy s on vzw i played with the other night had bing search on it...i'll try to get a screencap but i doubt my friend will let me root his phone :lol:
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