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Verizon Confirms Google Search Coming to Samsung Fascinate

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Sep 10, 2010, 1:17 PM   by Eric M. Zeman   @zeman_e

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.

source: Verizon Wireless

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bluecoyote

Sep 10, 2010, 9:21 PM

Face it, this phone is garbage

Boy Genius Report has a list of known bugs (which Mentat beat me to posting) . Go read it there.

This phone is a pile of garbage, even for an Android phone, and even for a Verizon phone. For $200.00 you can buy a much better handset that doesn't hang up the call when you hit the search button, or didn't have Verizon cripple the search and maps capabilities.
I wouldn't call it garbage, but the list of bugs and no solutions to them is what made me take a step back and consider keeping my HTC Incredible longer and wait to see what else gets released before 2010 is over.
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bluecoyote said:
Boy Genius Report has a list of known bugs (which Mentat beat me to posting) . Go read it there.

For $200.00 you can buy a much better handset that doesn't hang up the call when you hit the search button
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EVOlve91

Sep 10, 2010, 3:29 PM

Im sure....

Im sure 90% of todays market is google. Why a phone like the Fascinate didnt come pre installed with google is beyond me..... I guess its a "Verizon Thing"..... And This is why i love my Evo 😛
I think it was just because Verizon's got Bing as a sponsor now and is putting all of their phones search through them. Since the Fascinate is an android phone, it's pretty much going to have google, they were just being kind of retarded about it.
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VZW_insider

Sep 11, 2010, 11:10 AM

Bing vs. Google - Possible theory

I know there are a lot of people up in arms over the Bing search vs Google and how Verizon really dropped the ball etc, etc, etc. However, when you think about some of the android devices on AT&T, they use Yahoo as a default.

Somebody I know actually had a really good theory, whether it's their own or not, but they deal a lot with Google in development and what not.

As more and more Google handsets are pushed to market, the risk of some anti-trust suit with Google being the default search tool on all of these devices increases. Think back to when Microsoft was shelling out all that money for the Internet Explorer default on EVERY windows pc sold. With Verizon branding the HTC and Motorola devices as "Droids", and the LG and Samsung a...
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You guys probably get devices that are known good while an average consumer gets the less good ones.
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Mentat

Sep 10, 2010, 3:00 PM

Samsung Fascinate Known Issues document leaks

http://www.boygeniusreport.com/2010/09/10/samsung-fa ... »

Alert Notifications:
 There is no option to change the Calendar alert notification. 
Short term work around: There is no short term work around for this issue.

Blank Screen: 
If you are on a call and a second call comes in, you get the correct Caller ID information. If you answer the second call, the caller ID screen goes blank and does not show any caller information. 
Short term work around: There is no short term work around for this issue

Email Sync: 
In some cases exchange e-mail and yahoo mail can stop syncing
Short term work around: The user can manually sync
Planned Resolution: A fix for this iss...
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These documents are available for ALL phones. They are not supposed to be released so I hope someone loses their job over this.
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trenen

Sep 10, 2010, 2:37 PM

This has to be one of the most moronic things a carrier has done.

So...if downloading and using the "Google" search app is still going to use Bing, what they hell is the point of releasing the "Google" search app?
trenen said:
So...if downloading and using the "Google" search app is still going to use Bing, what they hell is the point of releasing the "Google" search app?


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It just means Bing is the default browser. You will be able to download a google search app(which will not use Bing)... I don't care for Bing, but is it really that big of a hassle for people to launch the browser to use google now?
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"This has to be one of the most moronic things a carrier has done."

ditto

and equally as stupid for Microsoft since it just makes them hated for trying to force what people don't want on them...

if people wanted Microsoft they'd by WP7
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jskrenes

Sep 11, 2010, 10:01 AM

What bothers me most...

Isn't that Bing is the default search engine or that the thing has some bugs (one issue with Android is that Samsung writes the driver codes for the hardware, but Verizon is responsible for deploying software updates).

What bothers me most is that when you hit the search button on a Moto Droid, it searches Google, and you can integrate that with Google Maps, and in turn, Google Maps w/Navigation. And that works quite well. But when you search with Bing, it launches Bing maps, and Bing maps has no navigation feature tied to it, so it launches VZ Navigator. I've used VZNav, and it's a fine product, but I can't see why I should pay $10 a month for it when I can use Google Maps with Navigation as part of my data package.

The Fascinate DOE...
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