If you’ve made the transition from iOS or Android to Windows Phone, you might have noticed something annoying, depending on which phone you have: the inability to set Google as the default search engine. Such is the case for some of the newest Lumia handsets.
Both the Lumia 630 and the Lumia 930 have been heading out to consumers’ hands sans the option to set Google as the default search option in Windows Phone 8.1 in Internet Explorer, which is possible with previous Windows Phone smartphones.
While both handsets have been confirmed by many to lack the often-used feature, it seems that some European varieties of the smartphones still have the option, the reasons for which is unclear. According to The Verge, the operators and makers behind the handsets have the option to select what search engine will be default on their handsets.
No official response from Microsoft has been given, but if this is the planned future for Windows Phone, it will prove a crippling feature in light of competitors iOS and Android, both of which allow users to set their search engine default to competing offerings, like Yahoo or Bing.
SOURCE: The Verge