Is Bing the default search engine for new Kindle Fire tablets?

Amazon announced four new Kindle Fire tablets earlier this week; an improved version of the original 2011 tablet; a seven inch Kindle Fire HD, a 8.9 inch Kindle Fire HD and yet another 8.9 inch version of the same tablet but with 4G LTE support.

Now Business Insider reports that the Android 4.0-powered Kindle Fire tablets may have a little bit of Microsoft inside them. It states that Microsoft's Bing search service is the default search for the Kindle Fire, and not Android creator Google. So far Microsoft has yet to comment.

It's currently unknown if the new Kindle Fire tablets can change their default search engine. Even if that's possible, having Bing as the default search engine for the new version of the popular tablets is a big win for Microsoft.

Meanwhile, Amazon has now confirmed, via an anonymous tip to Engadget, that the ads that will be a part of the lock screen on all of the upcoming Kindle Fire tablets can be disabled but details about how that will work have yet to be announced.

Finally, the new Kindle Fire won't come with a normal wall power cord; just a USB 2.0 cord for powering up the tablet via another USB device. Amazon is selling an optional Kindle PowerFast adapter for $19.99. The cost goes down to $9.99 if you buy the adapter at the same time as your new Kindle Fire.

Source: Business Insider | Image via Amazon

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That would be a real Frankenstein of a device. A modified Android with Nokia Maps and Bing as the default search. All it needs now is iTunes as the media player.

$20 for a power plug !!!!!! Amazon you keep pulling this crap!
You can go to any Radio shack and buy a usb wall socket plug for less than half that price.

I wish you luck with the Kindle fire and own two Kindle ebook readers (Kindle keyboard and Kindle touch) but I will never buy their accessories.

If it's Bing for the UK version of the Fire, I'll have to switch it to Google. It seems as though search results in the USA are better than here with Bing.

AFAIK, it also has Nokia Maps. The sad thing is that you need to be a US resident or in the US to actually buy / use the thing. Oh well...

Well, I just installed google chrome a couple of minutes ago (privacy gods forgive me!) for web testing purposes... first thing I do? delete google startup entries, stop google spy processes, delete taskbar and desktop icons, and of course!... set bing as my default home page and search engine lol

WinRT said,
Well, I just installed google chrome a couple of minutes ago (privacy gods forgive me!) for web testing purposes... first thing I do? delete google startup entries, stop google spy processes, delete taskbar and desktop icons, and of course!... set bing as my default home page and search engine lol

Wow. What's the point of installing it then? You basically gutted the whole thing for no good reason.

bjoswald said,

Wow. What's the point of installing it then? You basically gutted the whole thing for no good reason.

True. Might as well go IE.

bjoswald said,

Wow. What's the point of installing it then? You basically gutted the whole thing for no good reason.

Chrome without Google spy processes is 'gutted?' That's the only feature?