Apple Removes 'Google' Branding from iPhone 4 Safari

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iPhone 4 on left, iPhone 3.x on right

iLounge has posted an excellent summary of changes in iPhone 4 on an app-by-app basis. They do a good job covering much of what has been discussed including multitasking, wallpapers, folders, mail and more.

iLounge, however, also noted that in iPhone 4's Safari application, Apple has removed the "Google" branding from the search button and simply replaced it with "Search". While seemingly a minor detail, Apple has been said to be in discussions with Microsoft to replace Google as the default search engine on the iPhone. If this were to happen, Google would likely still be a user enable-able option.

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cvaldes

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So what happens when your default search engine is Yahoo? Does the "Yahoo" button also turn to "Search"?

C'mon, let's see something akin to investigative journalism. It's not rocket science.
 

bobertoq

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Am I the only one who had to look at the pictures for five minutes before not realizing the differences between the two? :eek:
 

fobfob

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hmm, well since "Search" is still hooked up to Google, doesn't think imply that "Search" is synonymous with Google. Sounds more of a compliment...
 

wakerider017

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Apple is just having a ball stepping on all these other companies like this.
I like choice... So more search engine options is a good thing. Although I'll only ever use Google.

The whole Adobe deal is complete BS. And Apple is not helping their image with the whole deal.

But if they want to truly "distance" themselves from google and place arbitrary restrictions for no reason... I may find myself switching to another smartphone... I don't want to, so hopefully things will sort themselves out..
 

fobfob

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Am I the only one who had to look at the pictures for five minutes before not realizing the differences between the two? :eek:
The difference is that one says "iPad" in the text entry window, while the other says "iPhone".
 

usasalazar

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A good move!

Hopefully we could choose the search engine we prefer on our device... But I'm not holding my breath.:p
 

macfan881

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I like choice... So more search engine options is a good thing. Although I'll only ever use Google.

The whole Adobe deal is complete BS. And Apple is not helping their image with the whole deal.

But if they want to truly "distance" themselves from google and place arbitrary restrictions for no reason... I may find myself switching to another smartphone... I don't want to, so hopefully things will sort themselves out..
good I find Adobe to be Trash hell i had 5 crashes today which were all due to flash related i can not wait till the day Flash dies.
 

inkswamp

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God, everything isn't going to come down to Google vs. Apple, is it? I don't see this so much as a slam on Google but more of a UI issue. My yardstick for this kind of thing is my wife who is very intelligent but not into tech, and she has stumbled over that button not being labeled "search." I wouldn't be surprised to hear that others have complained about it not being clear.
 

the great moa

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Search "de-branding"

I'm sure this has less to do with whatever status Google has in Apple's eyes, than the fact that if you have Google as default search, the button says Google, and if you have selected Yahoo, the button says Yahoo. My guess is that, and this is because it's Apple we're talking about here, they're just trying to make the user experience more consistent.

No sense in reading too much into things, when there's nothing but speculation to go on. There's so much more for us to fret about! :p
 

natewsmith

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I hope we'll be able to keep Google as a search.

Bing completely sucks! Nothing ever comes up when I tried them its just the normal MSN under a new name and same crappy service.

Plus I really hate their commercials with the horrible BING noise some dude does that is irritating and WAY out of TUNE.

They should have used a sound instead of a human doing it.
 

ShiftyPig

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Just wait until Google pulls its support for Maps on iPhone. We'll see how much Apple is laughing when the only map solution is an expensive, third-party app.
 

rouxeny

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Whoa! I think this is big news. The previously BFF relationship between Google and Apple has clearly been deteriorating over the past year or two and this may be another sign that the inevitable split is coming.

As somebody mentioned earlier, not having google maps as the Maps function would really suck. I wonder if a bunch of apps that use the map would also have to be rewritten.

I haven't really tried Bing but so far Google has never given me a reason to.

Are there really a lot of people out there that actually use Yahoo to search anymore?
 
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