The ramifications of Google's intended withdrawal from China is starting to be felt. Motorola's China-bound Android devices have been reported to have Microsoft's Bing search and Maps pre-loaded. And according to the press release, this partnership is being stated to be global.
Engadget - Uh, whoa. When we heard Google's threatened pullout of China had prompted Motorola to seek out an alternative search provider for its China-bound handsets, we can't say we were expecting a partnership with Microsoft and Bing to result. But here we are, staring at a press release announcing the Bing search and Maps will be the default on Moto's Chinese Android phones starting in Q1 -- and the partnership is described as "global," so there's a chance it could spread.
Herein lies the double-edged sword of the open source OS. While it gives manufacturers the freedom it requires to customize their products, it could backfire on them if the manufacturers opt to include competing software. Another prime example would be Motorola's Backflip for AT&T which is bundled with Yahoo. Check out the full story here