Smartphone and tablet users are able to change the default browser search engine on most mobile platforms. On iOS, for example, you can choose between Google, Yahoo and Bing inside settings. On Android, if you’re using Chrome, you can choose between, Google, Yahoo, Bing, Ask and AOL by default. With some new Windows Phone devices, however, Microsoft is reportedly preventing users from choosing Google instead of Bing as the default search engine.
According to The Verge, some versions of the Lumia 630 and the Lumia 930 do not allow a user to change the default search engine from Bing to Google inside Internet Explorer. We confirmed that it also isn’t an option on the Lumia 635. All three devices run Windows Phone 8.1, though our Lumia 1020 and Lumia 1520 running the developer preview of Windows Phone 8.1 still have the option to choose Google. It’s unclear which devices specifically prevent an end user from choosing Google, however, as The Verge notes that there are European models of the Lumia 630 and Lumia 930 that still have Google as an option.
It’s not apparent why Microsoft and Nokia are preventing some handsets from running Google search by default while enabling the option on other devices. If you’re considering picking up one of the new devices, however, you may want to turn it on and check to see what your options are first, at least if you prefer something besides Bing for search.