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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