It looks like Samsung won’t be using Bing as the default search engine in its mobile web browser after all. According to a report from The Wall Street Journalwhich says Samsung has halted an internal review of whether the company should replace Google with Bing in its in-house Internet Browser.
Samsung’s Internet Browser, which comes pre-installed on Samsung phones, has long used Google as its default search engine. As reported last month by The New York TimesGoogle employees were “shocked” to learn that Samsung was considering a move to Bing, putting at stake the $3 billion in annual revenue the search giant is getting from the deal.
According to WSJ, the smartphone maker apparently thinks the switch to Bing won’t cause too much disruption, since most Samsung smartphone users (myself included) still don’t use its in-house browser. But now Samsung is backing away from the change over concerns about how it could affect its relationship with Google and the market outlook for the move.
It doesn’t mean Samsung will never making the switch to Bing, though. the WSJ reports that Samsung is “not permanently closing the door” on using Bing as its default search engine in the future.