November 16th, 2012, 04:02 PM
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How to get UNBIASED search results from Google Search widget??
When I search from my Google Search widget (Galaxy Nexus, Android 4.2), and also from the standard Android browser, it ALWAYS returns biased search results.
That is to say, it favors:
Google Play store
Android application-oriented results
Displays a "card" with what it thinks is what I most want (eg. weather card, flight arrival time card, restaurant review card)
... instead of just giving me an unbiased set of search results.
Does anyone know if there is any way to make the Google Search widget (and google search from the standard browser) return regular, unbiased results, as if I were using a desktop browser?
I can do this by turning on "Request Desktop Site" (tho' that doesn't seem to work too well for the standard browser, but instead works in Chrome and Firefox), but I don't want to do that. I'd like the Google Search widget to return results that ignore the fact that I'm on a phone. Most of the time I want to see the regular, unbiased results, and instead I get lots of pointers to apps I can buy or what Google thinks I want to see. I'd like some way of turning this off.
Is there some other search widget that does this, if it's impossible to turn off?
I'm starting to hate Google for forcing me to view what it thinks I want to see.
By the way, no need to mention the idea of turning off showing "personalized" results on my Google account. Doing that has no effect on these results, I've found.