No Bing for Russian Windows Phones

 

Russian Windows Phone users won't be enjoying the integration with Bing that most end users currently experience; Microsoft has agreed to replace their search engine with Yandex on Russian devices, Yandex announced in a recent press release.

Yandex is the search engine to beat in Russia, where it controls almost half of the market, well ahead of Google. Yandex will be the default search engine on Samsung's Omnia W and Nokia's Lumia series. HTC is planning to issue an update to apply Yandex to their phones.

“Windows Phone is a new operating system with great potential. It is bound to catch attention in Russia. It’s good to know that the Windows Phone users in this country will have familiar Yandex search on their new devices,” Tigran Khudaverdyan, Yandex's Head of Web Portal and Mobile Services said.

Despite the OS's tight integration with Bing, it may be for the best, if Yandex can achieve the same level of seamless integration. Despite their success in the US, Bing is still treading water in many foreign markets and the integration might actually hurt Windows Phone in those markets.

Anna Kulashova, Microsoft's Director of Mobile Carriers and Service Providers Development at Microsoft, said that Microsoft's goal “was to provide our customers in this country with the latest version of a mobile operating system integrated with the most popular local web services and social networks.” If Microsoft follows the same strategy elsewhere, we might be seeing Windows Phones with Baidu before long.

You can give Yandex a try at www.Yandex.com. You can head over to Neowin's official Windows Phone forum to share your thoughts.

Image courtesy of Yandex

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even if set to US region, my bing maps in canada can't find ***t!

the gMaps app on the other hand finds everything but is so laggy and messy UI-wise.

Alastair Cooper said,
The inability to change the defaults away from Bing is what puts me off buying a Windows Phone . . . (UK)


Why? Out with the old and into the new.

Wait a minute. Because Yandex is the leading search engine in that region, Bing is not on Windows Phones. Well here in the U.S., Google is the number 1 search engine. Can Microsoft remove Bing from Windows Phone here in the U.S. too

UndergroundWire said,
Wait a minute. Because Yandex is the leading search engine in that region, Bing is not on Windows Phones. Well here in the U.S., Google is the number 1 search engine. Can Microsoft remove Bing from Windows Phone here in the U.S. too

Why? It's because services such as Bing Local Scout, Bing Music, Bing Vision, are available in many countries, but not Russia.

In addition, Google Search "app" is pathetic (it drop you to Google.com) compare to Yandex search app.

Edited by illegaloperation, Nov 27 2011, 7:51pm :

UndergroundWire said,
Wait a minute. Because Yandex is the leading search engine in that region, Bing is not on Windows Phones. Well here in the U.S., Google is the number 1 search engine. Can Microsoft remove Bing from Windows Phone here in the U.S. too

Bing is large opponent to Google in US. It may be not first but it's still strong opponent. While in Russia Bing hardly have over 0,5%.

Guys relax a bit. It was only a joke. Besides, very few people use Windows Phone. They can throw in Excite for all I care as their primary search engine and the world will not stop.

day2die said,

Why? It's because services such as Bing Local Scout, Bing Music, Bing Vision, are available in many countries, but not Russia.

In addition, Google Search "app" is pathetic (it drop you to Google.com) compare to Yandex search app.


It's not only pathetic compared to Yandex search app. It's pathetic in every single way. I don't even call it a real app, wtf.

Neo003 said,
Title should've been....

"No Russian" for Bing in Windows Phones.

(don't know if it makes sense)


Remember, no Bing!

This is indeed a good move. Outside of the US I can't see why anyone would want to use Bing. It absolutely sucks.

Ambroos said,
This is indeed a good move. Outside of the US I can't see why anyone would want to use Bing. It absolutely sucks.

Not here in the UK, sure Bing Maps sucks but search is perfectly fine.

Idiots - Everybody knows the world uses "Bing" as an alternative to "search".

I "Bing" all different things on the web daily - or at least the adverts tell me I should...

Orange Battery said,
Idiots - Everybody knows the world uses "Bing" as an alternative to "search".

I "Bing" all different things on the web daily - or at least the adverts tell me I should...

+1

I love Bing!

This isn't just about the search. It's about integrating online services with your phone. And the fact of the matter is that, on the Russian market, no one does it better than Yandex.

For example, their traffic information is much more accurate than that of Google Maps and Bing Maps doesn't even provide traffic info for the Russian cities!

Then comes the product search where Yandex blows the competition as well.

Orange Battery said,
Idiots - Everybody knows the world uses "Bing" as an alternative to "search".

I "Bing" all different things on the web daily - or at least the adverts tell me I should...

In US maybe. But Bing sucks in Russia. No services (even street names in maps are on english) and terrible search on Cyrillic. Google services are great. Yandex are brilliant. I'm russian, I don't like Yandex so much, but it's the best search and content provider on our market.
Many peoples now waiting WP7 integration with social networks such as vk.com and odnoklassniki.ru. FB not popular in Russia to.

Brilliant business move on Microsofts and Yandex' part since most Russians use Yandex and prefer it over other search machines. I can assume that, even though Baidu is a Bing parter, that Microsoft will use "Baidu (powered by Bing)" or something akin to that in China as well?

Edit: Didn't read the full article, it basically said the same thing.

Coolicer said,
Brilliant business move on Microsofts and Yandex' part since most Russians use Yandex and prefer it over other search machines. I can assume that, even though Baidu is a Bing parter, that Microsoft will use "Baidu (powered by Bing)" or something akin to that in China as well?

Edit: Didn't read the full article, it basically said the same thing.

I believe Microsoft strucked a deal with Baidu in China similarly to Yahoo as the default search result. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/...search-engine-in-china.html

Sure Bing is still treading water in many foreign markets.. It would help them if they would finally update it to the real Bing search in other countries...