Mar 01 AT 8:11 PM Taylor Wimberly 82 Comments

AT&T removes Google search from Android in favor of Yahoo

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Next week, AT&T customers will finally be able to purchase their first Android phone, but the carrier has decided to remove one of the most used features of Google’s operating system. AT&T went out of their way to replace Google search with Yahoo.

The news came from a hands on report of the Motorola Backflip.

“Yahoo has replaced Google as the default search provider throughout the phone. It’s crazy: the home screen widget, the browser, everything’s been programmed to use Yahoo.”Chris ZieglerEngadget

Early rumors suggested AT&T might try and remove some of Google’s native Android apps too, but those are included with the Backflip. Also included is a ton of AT&T apps including AllSport GPS, AT&T Maps, AT&T Music (which takes the place of the standard Music app), AT&T Navigator, AT&T Wi-Fi Hotspots, Mobile Banking, MobiTV, MusicID, Where, and YPmobile.

The Motorola Backflip goes on sale March 7th, 2010 for $99 on 2 year contract. With AT&T set to launch at least five Android phones in the near future, we suggest you pass on the Backflip and wait to see what else they have in store.

Source: Engadget

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