Umm...an Android phone without Google set as the default search engine? Sounds like something that could only happen on the network that is best-known for its iPhone exclusivity. That's right - AT&T's first Android phone will feature Yahoo as the default search service.
The AT&T Backflip, which is set to release on March 7, can of course run Google as its primary search engine, but by default it will be programmed to be operated by Yahoo. It is one of the biggest, and quite frankly most surprising, victories for Yahoo.
"We have a long-standing relationship with AT&T and more than 80 carrier partnerships around the world for our award- winning mobile-search experience. Mobile search continues to be a focus for investment and innovation," said Yahoo VP David Katz.
Inquiries to Google were met with a blanket response: "This is not a Google-branded product and, therefore, product inquiries should be directed to AT&T and Motorola."
Hey, this is one of the things you get with an open-source platform. Google does not have to mandate any sort of search engine requirement for its OS.