Can anyone confirm if Spotlight can use Google?

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  1. pickaxe macrumors 6502a

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    I mean for search suggestions and such. It currently uses Bing which (imo) is pretty terrible outside of the US.
     
  2. iMacBooked macrumors 6502a

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    I heard Apple was going to drop Google and only use Bing for spotlight. I wanna know this too, would be a shame if we wouldn't be able to change it.
     
  3. Epikuros macrumors member

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    I've read that it'll be able to use DuckDuckGo, which would be fantastic. I just wish they would incorporate Wolfram Alpha like they did with Siri (for conversions and other computations).

    Frankly I'm glad that they are excluding Google if that is what they're doing. Safari already defaults to Google (as does Chrome obviously).

    I often forget to use other search engines and I suspect other people do to. It's a terrible thing always seeing the internet through the lens one particular company and their particular algorithms.

    I'd say that this will help you guys use google less, be happy.
     
  4. SmOgER macrumors 6502a

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    Still can't understand what's the fuss with that bing...

    Safari uses google, spotlight suggests wikipedia page based on keyword or shows history of your visited pages. Not a single time I was redirected to bing or prompted to do so.
     
  5. pickaxe thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    If that's the case then I couldn't care less about this "issue". Thanks for clarifying!
     
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    Actually you can set default search engine in Safari preferences (Google, Yahoo, Bing, DuckDuckGo) . Apple might have just changed the default option for it when you do a clean install, so that's probably it. And when coming from Mavericks, google remained the default setting for it.
     
  7. matt2053 macrumors 6502a

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    The default search engine in Safari is still Google, even on a clean install.
     
  8. Julien macrumors G4

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    It's Goggle for me right now.

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  9. SmOgER macrumors 6502a

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    That's not search engine, that's just your browsing history. I assume you searched for "calories nsobjects" in google (Safari) before.
     
  10. Julien macrumors G4

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    Just tried some other terms. It looks like there is no web search other than wikipedia and Maps. I guess Bing will be added later.
     
  11. brand macrumors 601

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    That phrase gets used wrong so often that I feel like I should congratulate you for using it correctly. :D
     
  12. Julien macrumors G4

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    I could care less about that. A whole lot less because I do care a good bit.:eek: Now we need to work on literally and trust me.:D
     
  13. GrumpyTrucker macrumors 6502a

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    Depends on your issue with "literally". The definition was changed recently and now saying "I literally died when...." is considered an acceptable use of the word as a way of emphasising a point. Trust me. ;)

    As for the OP, at 18min 30sec in the keynote a slide was shown when Craig was on about "tapping into sources not local to your mac" and Bing was on there although he didn't mention it in the speech. Like the OP I'd hope that can be changed. I'm never as happy with Bing search results and usually have to go to Google anyway to find what I'm after. Maybe it's better in the US but in the UK I find Bing usually falls short.

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  14. Lukeit macrumors regular

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    Actually my spotlight only delivers search results made locally on the computer and attached external disks... no google, wikipedia or other internet suggestions...
    I think nobody answered the original first question of this thread...

    Anyone?
     
  15. haravikk macrumors 65816

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    Has anyone had a poke around to see if there's an extensions hook for Spotlight? Maybe we'll be able to get extensions for additional search engines, i.e - Google could just provide an extension for people to download if they want it.
     
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    Are those pages not from your browsing history?
     

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