Apple has made a change to the results people will see while using Siri and Spotlight on iOS devices and Macs.
As confirmed by TechCrunch, citing an official statement provided to the publication from Apple, the company has made the decision to remove Bing as the default search results provider for Siri and Spotlight, and instead is opting to use Google across its devices. According to Apple, this is meant as a means to gain consistency between devices.
Here are the remarks from Apple:
“Switching to Google as the web search provider for Siri, Search within iOS and Spotlight on Mac will allow these services to have a consistent web search experience with the default in Safari,” reads an Apple statement sent this morning. “We have strong relationships with Google and Microsoft and remain committed to delivering the best user experience possible.”
Up to this point, all search results that were populated via the built-in Spotlight search function on Macs, as well as the search function on iOS when the user swiped down on the home screen, were provided by Bing search from Microsoft. The same can be said for each search result provided by Siri. That will no longer be the case, though, as results will now be populated by a Google search instead.
There’s one catch, though. As noted in the original report, if you search for an image via these methods, users will still get their results populated by Bing, at least for the time being. The change to Google appears to only relate to text links and videos — with the latter now being brought forth from YouTube.
The switch to Google for these built-in search results shouldn’t be too surprising, especially in light of a report from earlier this year, where it was said that Google had paid upwards of $3 billion to remain the default search provider on iOS devices and Macs.
Are you happy with this particular switch?[via TechCrunch]