Google’s decision to redirect Chinese searchers to Google.com.hk is having some serious repercussions. On Monday, Chinese Internet company Tom Online distanced itself from Google. China Unicom followed suit on Wednesday. And now, Motorola has also turned its back on the search giant.
Motorola has announced a "global" alliance with Microsoft, which will see Bing used as the default search engine on Motorola Android-based devices. The move begins in China, where obviously there is some turmoil between Google and that country, but again, this is being called a "global" alliance that is "launching" in China.
Although Nexus One sales estimates haven’t exactly blown everybody’s minds so far, it seems that the cell-phone-you-can-only-buy-from-Google experiment is going to continue. Motorola’s co-CEO announced today that his company is working on device for it.
Motorola is allowing Internet users in China to use Baidu or other search engines on its handsets with Google’s Android operating system.
Baidu is Google’s chief rival in the search market in China. "Users will be able to select their search experience from a number of providers including Baidu and others, with whom Motorola has signed strategic agreements," the company said.
People who like to try new cell phones on a regular basis should brace themselves; this year, Motorola’s going to do its best to make it rain Android devices. In an interview today, one exec committed to releasing something like two dozen smartphones based on the mobile operating system.
More than half (51%) of holiday shoppers across 11 countries used their mobile phones for in-store activities such as comparison shopping, getting peer feedback, product information and coupons, according to a new study by Motorola.