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Google Search option disappears in Windows Phone 8 GDR2 update in India – act of retaliation from Microsoft?

News   •   Aug 18, 2013 13:37 BST

In recent reports, Google and Microsoft have been arguing over the Windows Phone YouTube app, with the search giant blocking the app for Windows Phone handsets such as the Nokia Lumia 925 smartphone.

A Google spokesperson said, “Microsoft has not made the browser upgrades necessary to enable a fully-featured YouTube experience, and has instead re-released a YouTube app that violates our Terms of Service. It has been disabled. We value our broad developer community and therefore ask everyone to adhere to the same guidelines.”

Microsoft’s legal counsel said, “It seems to us that Google’s reasons for blocking our app are manufactured so that we can’t give our users the same experience Android and iPhone users are getting. The roadblocks Google has set up are impossible to overcome, and they know it.”

It seems Microsoft has taken things a step further by removing the option to use Google Search in the GDR2 Windows Phone 8 update for Windows Phone users in India. According to WMPoweruser, “Here is an interesting little titbit. It appears after the upgrade to the GDR2 version of Windows Phone 8 in India the option to use Google Search instead of Bing Search had disappeared in the browser settings.

“One can of course still go to www.google.com but simple typing in the address bar will now always send you to Bing.”

Was this a mistake or has Microsoft retaliated? Let us know what you think through a comment on below.

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