Enterprise Mobility: Verizon's Samsung Fascinate Picks Microsoft Bing Over Google Search, Maps
Verizon Wireless began selling the Samsung Fascinate online for $199 Sept. 8, marking the No. 1 wireless company's iteration of Samsung's heralded Galaxy S Android smartphone line. The Fascinate sports a 4-inch Super AMOLED screen (480-by-800 pixels) that is the best and brightest yet of the Android devices offered by Verizon. The device runs Android 2.1, powered by a 1 GHz processor and features a 5-megapixel camera. While Verizon's Droid line of Motorola and HTC handsets are all packed with preloaded Google Apps and Web services, Microsoft's Bing search engine is the default search on the Fascinate. Perhaps just as noteworthy, a Bing Maps widget has replaced Google Maps as the default location-based service app on the device. That means no free Google Maps Navigation software loaded onto the phone. However, Verizon has said that the Google services missing on the Fascinate will be readily available when Verizon pushes out the upgrade to Android 2.2 later this year. Why has Verizon gone with Bing over Google to launch the Fascinate? These moves are a nod to Microsoft's $500 million mobile search technology deal with Verizon. In this slide show, eWEEK walks readers through the Fascinate features.