We posted earlier that dominant Russian search engine Yandex will be the default search engine on Windows Phone 8 handsets in Russia and the CIS countries, including namely Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Russia, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, and Ukraine.
Now TNW has revealed Yandex will also become the default search engine for Windows Phone 8 smartphones in Turkey, where it only has 0.5% market share.
Microsoft Russiaâ€™s president Nikolay Pryanishnikov told the local paper RBC daily that Microsoft has a strategic partnerships between the two companies in markets where Microsoft is not interested in trying to get a significant market share for Bing, and that the search engine may be offered in other countries as well.
Yandex only launched in Turkey in September 2011 and has managed only 0.5% market share by July 2012.
Would our Turkish readers prefer Bing over relative unknown and not deeply integrated Yandex, or is Bing so poor in the region in any case that it does not matter? Let us know below.
We posted about this a few weeks ago, and now Yandex has confirmed that they will be the default search engine for Russian Windows Phone 8 handsets.
Devices shipped to the CIS countries, namely Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Russia, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, and Ukraine will all use their search engine.
The software will integrate more closely with the operating system, allowing searches from the address bar and also the search button using their search app (above). The application is already available in Nokiaâ€™s smartphones, coming to the HTC models with the next OS update in December.
The search engine has the majority of the market share in Russia, and is expected to meet the needs of Russian Windows Phone users much better than Bing.
Russiaâ€™s largest search engine, Yandex, has released a search app for Windows Phone 7.
The app searches the web, and can also provide product images, prices, movie times, telephone numbers and addresses of business sites.
The app can also provide instant answers to popular mobile searches such as ATM and cafÃ© locations, weather forecasts, news and images. You can go to Yandex standard search results with a single gesture.
The app is free and can be found in Marketplace here.
We posted 2 weeks ago that Yandex, Russia’s largest search engine, would be replacing Bing on many Windows Phones sold in the country.
Now W7forum.ru is reporting that an update has been released for the HTC Mozart, the only first generation handset officially sold in Russia, which enables the change. Â The HTC Radar, HTC Titan, Samsung Omnia W and Nokia Lumia 800 sold in Russia all already come with Yandex Search pre-installed.
Bing is generally thought to be pretty poor in Russia, and while the change breaks the all-Microsoft user experience on Windows Phone, the utility is expected in general to be better.
Read more atÂ WP7forum.ru.
ThanksÂ Dmitry for the tip.
Yandex, the Russian internet company, has reached an agreement with Microsoft and OEMs like Nokia, Samsung, HTC to become the default search engine on Windows Phones in Russia.
Yandex’s search engine, which is the most visited web site in the country, is already installed on Samsung’s Omnia W as well as on Nokia’s Windows Phone-powered Lumia 800 and Lumia 710. The Samsung Omnia W is already available for purchase in Russia. Nokia’s smartphones will hit the stores in December. Also, following the launch of Windows Phone-based Titan, Mozart and Radar smartphones last autumn, HTC is planning an update release with Yandex as the default search engine on its handsets.
"Launching Windows Phone in Russia, our goal was to provide our customers in this country with the latest version of a mobile operating system integrated with the most popular local web services and social networks. Now we are pleased to announce that the services of our strategic partner Yandex will appear on a wide range of smartphones supporting Windows Phone," says Anna Kulashova, Director of Mobile Carriers and Service Providers Development at Microsoft.
Yandex has already developed apps like Yandex.Maps and Yandex.Market for WIndows Phone 7 and intends to expand this range even more.
"Windows Phone is a new operating system with great potential. It is bound to catch attention in Russia. It’s good to know that the Windows Phone users in this country will have familiar Yandex search on their new devices," says Tigran Khudaverdyan, Head of Web Portal and Mobile Services at Yandex.
It is not clear from the announcement to what extent the move will affect Bing services on Windows Phone 7.