Motorola bringing Bing to China, via Android

Microsoft's Bing search engine hitches a ride to China aboard handsets from Motorola.

With Google's future in China uncertain, Motorola and Microsoft cut a deal to put the software giant's Bing search engine on Android handsets in China.

In a statement late Wednesday, Motorola and Microsoft announced a deal to put Bing on handsets. Bing will first launch in China in the first quarter via an over-the-air update for existing handsets. New Android devices will have Bing preloaded.

The news comes as Google is nearing a decision on whether to stay in China amid security and censorship issues.

Read more of "Motorola deploys Microsoft's Bing on Android smartphones in China" at ZDNet's Between the Lines.

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    Larry Dignan is editor in chief of ZDNet and editorial director of CNET's TechRepublic. He has covered the technology and financial-services industries since 1995.

     

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