For a brief time in history, when the Search tool became available in Internet Explorer, Microsoft had locked it to use a single search engine. After much back and forth, they finally agreed to make it user customizable, so that anyone could use their favorite search engines. Well, years have gone by and it looks like MS is back to its old antics, locking the Search button on Windows Phone 7 devices to Bing. Thanks to XDA member GoodDayToDie, this button has been freed from its chains to Bing. The dev has been able to make the button re-assignable to other search engines such as Yahoo!, Google, and others. Your device must be developer unlocked in order for this fix to work.
Please leave feedback for the dev if you find any bugs in the software.
A tool for quickly changing the search engine used when you hit the hardware Search button from within IE. You can use the search provider that comes configured on your phone, the built-in Bing app, or any other providers you’ve manually added. You can also add and use the mobile search page from Google, Yahoo, or Bing.
You can find more information in the mod thread.
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