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Samsung Fascinate: Android 2.2 Froyo Update to get Google Search

There has been a lot of talk lately on the inclusion of Bing search for the new Samsung Fascinate phone on Verizon Wireless. The good news, is that Google Search will be available as an option in the forthcoming Android 2.2 Froyo Update.

As reported from BGR, a Verizon spokesman has now issued a statement clarifying the matter, and confirmed that Google Search will be coming soon.

However, the key thing here is that Google Search will not replacement Bing Search as a default option, so when you still press the search button on the Fascinate, it will bring up a Bing search. So while you’ll be able to get a Google Search running on Android 2.2 Froyo, you will need to open up the application everytime to do so.

As for the update itself, we still dont have a confirmed period for when it will be dropping live for users. More details over at BGR. Are you disappointed about Bing being a default search option?

An unboxing video of the Fascinate can be seen here.

Written by Alan Ng

Alan has been working for Product-Reviews since 2009 and became the Editor-in-chief in 2014. He has a passion for technology, the latest mobile phones and gadgets, and the gaming industry. Alan is a graduate of Canterbury Christ Church University and completed a B.A in Commercial Music in 2008. While expressing a keen interest in all areas that PR cover, you'll usually find Alan in the gaming section, where he'll be keeping enthusiasts up to date on all the latest news and reviews for consoles and PC.

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Bing search on google phone!

Judy
Judy

I have the fascinate and it lives up to its name really . Bing is the search engine but it is not that bad.

Abro
Abro

So I think the guys over at cnet said it best. that when it comes to search google is the standard and still superior to bing, so why are they not only making bing standard but completely blocking you from using anything but bing? it just doesn't make sense. I guess verizon hasn't changed after all, they still like to take great phones and cripple them with bloatware and proprietary junk apps. Makes me want to go to sprint.

speedy
speedy

Is my fascinate going to get 2.2 and/flash anytime soon. I have 28 days to return the thing if not

Johnny
Johnny

People need to stop being morons

go to your internet settings and set google as your default browser I have and love this phone the real problem is the froyo update taking forever and the crappy speaker quality

Other than that it’s the best screen quality is unmatched but the droid x has flash support

Cyryl
Cyryl

Either that or do what I did… ROOT the phone. Rename the packages and/or save it on SD card. Install the Google Search and Voice Search APK's… A couple of times if need be. I managed to completely de-bing the phone. You can find plenty of info HERE: forum.androidcentral.com/showthread.php?p=336771#post336771 And HERE for info on getting Google search services working – on both search button AND voice search on-button: forum.androidcentral.com/showthread.php?p=338939&posted=1#post338939 I can assure you… You might have to F with it a little… But I got it working 100%. As though Bing NEVER existed. Although I wasn't going to cry about… Read more »

Rick
Rick

the galaxy has the nicest display out there and weighs less.people are morons.just have to go to google.com

Rick
Rick

Here's an idea….open your browser, go to google, bookmark, set as a shortcut. problem solved.

Bob
Bob

Bing isn't horrible; however, I do prefer Google. Probably a better tactic on Verizon's part would have been to make Bing be the default as shipped, but still allow the user to change the default to Google is they so desired. I also do not like the fact that I'm unable to remove some of the Verizon value added software that takes up internal memory on my Fascinate. I find this quite annoying! This is my first smart phone and I do like the hardware a lot; however, I'm considering looking into rooting my phone to get around some of… Read more »

joe r
joe r

I would not have bought the fascinate had I known it is only available with Bing. Bing is totally useless as a search function. It’s maps are inferior. Yay… I get two years with Bing bong unless Verizon comes to their senses and goes Google like every other owner would like.

Avid
Avid

Unbelievable. Does Verizon want people to hate them? Google is why people buy ANDROID, Verizon! GET WITH THE PROGRAM. I think I'll pass on the Fascinate.. Better phones are coming next year anyway.

Will
Will

I still have 27 days to return this phone

Ray Saenz, Realtor
Ray Saenz, Realtor

Very dissapointed to read this? why? any clue why they decided to insert bill gates here?
I can't believe it !

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