Apple using Bing for Spotlight search in OS X Yosemite and iOS 8

iOS 8 Bing

We know that Apple and Google aren’t exactly the best of friends. But despite their professional rivalry, Apple has been obliged to use Google Search for the Spotlight feature on OS X and iOS respectively. But during yesterday’s WWDC event, Apple announced that it’s shifting to Bing Search for OS X Yosemite and iOS 8.

This is a massive change from Apple as Google has been the first choice search engine for as long as we can think. This could be Apple’s way of lessening dependency on Google, which makes sense given their rivalry.

However, Google Search continues to be the default search engine for Safari on Mac and iOS, so it is possible that Apple is honoring a contract. But it might not be long before Bing or another competing search engine makes its way to the Safari browser as well.

As always, users can always choose to replace their default browser to something of their choice with DuckDuckGo being one of them as well.

In the past, we’ve seen Google Search being removed from Siri, so this move is hardly surprising. By changing the default search engine for iOS and Mac, Apple is certainly sending out a strong message to Google.

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