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Old September 10th, 2010, 11:07 PM   #1 (permalink)
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The guys over at Android Central posted a great article on how to fix the Google search on the Fascinate! Just follow the simple directions provided in the article and you'll be rolling with Google Search once again

Here's your Verizon Fascinate Google search fix | Android Central

Thanks again to Jerry over at Android Central!
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Got that all set up, now hopefully people see this and don't get too afraid of rooting. I never rooted before, and it was pretty simple...don't be afraid (especially if you want Google throughout!)
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Can you UN-root if you needed to?
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Can you UN-root if you needed to?
As far as I know, there is no way to "un-root" without involving Samsung and/or Verizon.
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The article stated this fix does NOT root the phone. GREAT FIND!
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I can launch Google Search by using Voice Search only, without any Launcher Pro.
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Yes, I believe you can un-root. Not positive, but I remember someone asking and seeing a yes. No idea how to do it.

With the above, you can use google search by hitting the soft key, and if you hold it down it loads google voice search. Bing is pretty much disabled.
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If we use Bing Voice search via the widget on the home screen or the button on the bottom right of the voice to do "Navigate to Starbucks" will it use Google Navigation if we have that installed?
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Awesome! Works great. Only problem is the searchbar is displayed just a little above where its actual place is to click it on the screen. If i slowly move to another screen i can see it move back to where it belongs. If i go back to the screen it moves up again.. Strange..
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Awesome! Works great. Only problem is the searchbar is displayed just a little above where its actual place is to click it on the screen. If i slowly move to another screen i can see it move back to where it belongs. If i go back to the screen it moves up again.. Strange..
I don't have such problem. I moved the Search Bar, the 2 Bing icons to screen #1 which will be my last screen on the left since I am keeping #4 as my home screen. Now, I don't have to see them anymore.
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I really didnt find this did anything more than what the Google widget did that came with Launcher Pro in the first place. Since they now updated the article to include that it won't replace the search button without a root, it seems to be just as good as using a launcher for the widget.
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I really didnt find this did anything more than what the Google widget did that came with Launcher Pro in the first place. Since they now updated the article to include that it won't replace the search button without a root, it seems to be just as good as using a launcher for the widget.
I did not see a Launcher Pro "widget," but a Google Search widget was available under "widgets," except that it would still route the search through Bing.

I had to install the EnhancedGoogleSearch APK that was in the Android Central article. Now, all searches through the search widget route through Google and not Bing.

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I don't have such problem. I moved the Search Bar, the 2 Bing icons to screen #1 which will be my last screen on the left since I am keeping #4 as my home screen. Now, I don't have to see them anymore.
You know you can just drag the icons to the trash bin and not have them on your screens at all.
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When it says to "Place the file on your SD card, and install it through your favorite file manager." what does that mean exactly? Do I put the .apk file in the root of my phones memory or on the 16gb micro sd card?
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That should be fine, just use Astro or Root Explorer (if you are rooted) to locate it and select it.
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When it says to "Place the file on your SD card, and install it through your favorite file manager." what does that mean exactly? Do I put the .apk file in the root of my phones memory or on the 16gb micro sd card?
Usually it will install just fine from the SD card. Just use Astro (free) or Root Explorer (worth every penny, especially if you're going to root!) Both file explorers can be found with a simple search on the Market.
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Is there a way to just add the google search bar without downloading launcherpro?
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Hi all,

I successfully replaced Bing Voice search by rooting and renaming the bing search app, and the google widget routes through google just fine.

However, when I open the browser and type something in the URL bar (not the search bar) like "test" (not an actual URL), it redirects me through the VERIZON/BING search all the same.

Is this happening with you as well? I don't want to use the Dolphin browser if I dont have to.
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I successfully replaced Bing Voice search by rooting and renaming the bing search app, and the google widget routes through google just fine.

However, when I open the browser and type something in the URL bar (not the search bar) like "test" (not an actual URL), it redirects me through the VERIZON/BING search all the same.

Is this happening with you as well? I don't want to use the Dolphin browser if I dont have to.
Happens to me too. I think its because the Browser has been sort of customized by Samsung/Verizon. It is lacking features that the default browser in my HTC Incredible or my friend's Droid X has, as well.
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Happens to me too. I think its because the Browser has been sort of customized by Samsung/Verizon. It is lacking features that the default browser in my HTC Incredible or my friend's Droid X has, as well.

Did y'all install the Enhanced Google Search provider apk?
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Did y'all install the Enhanced Google Search provider apk?
I have, yeah. So my search key and everything now works as google. I think its somehow hard-coded into the Browser itself?

No big deal really. I have Google set as my homepage, and if I soft-key search from outside of the browser it works with Google.

I use Opera Mini as an alternative, and it works well too.
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I have, yeah. So my search key and everything now works as google. I think its somehow hard-coded into the Browser itself?

No big deal really. I have Google set as my homepage, and if I soft-key search from outside of the browser it works with Google.

I use Opera Mini as an alternative, and it works well too.
By "soft-key" do you mean the touch sensitive buttons on the phone or just the search shortcut you can put on your home screens??
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By "soft-key" do you mean the touch sensitive buttons on the phone or just the search shortcut you can put on your home screens??
Touch sensitive buttons on the phone.
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This is all I did. I loaded Launcher Pro Plus. Put google search widget on home screen.
Downloaded Dolphin HD and made it my default browser. Searched using the google search widget by typing in search term. Immediately it went to Google search. Thereafter, now when I tap the search key (one of the 4 soft buttons at bottom of phone) the search box comes up and when I type in the search term and tap search, it goes immediately to google. (Google maps and Nav. also installed but not running at the time of the search. ) No bing in sight for results or anything.
It is not rerouting through bing at all. Is this not the desired outcome? Am I missing something?
This is a lot less complicated than sideloading the file and all. Why does this not work for everyone. Do I have different version of software or an update? My firmware version is 2.1-update1.
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Right, I did all that minus making Dolphin my default browser.

The issue is that I want to use the Google default browser but that keeps redirecting through Bing when you do a search from within the URL bar. That's the fix we're looking for, if it involves swapping out the Bing custom browser for another Galaxy S stock one.
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This is all I did. I loaded Launcher Pro Plus. Put google search widget on home screen.
Downloaded Dolphin HD and made it my default browser. Searched using the google search widget by typing in search term. Immediately it went to Google search. Thereafter, now when I tap the search key (one of the 4 soft buttons at bottom of phone) the search box comes up and when I type in the search term and tap search, it goes immediately to google. (Google maps and Nav. also installed but not running at the time of the search. ) No bing in sight for results or anything.
It is not rerouting through bing at all. Is this not the desired outcome? Am I missing something?
This is a lot less complicated than sideloading the file and all. Why does this not work for everyone. Do I have different version of software or an update? My firmware version is 2.1-update1.
If you hold the search button on the bottom of the phone, does it bring up Google Voice Search or Bing Voice Search. I think you can technically get rid of Bing, expect for the Bing Voice Search on bottom right search button without the root.
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Anyone know how to use the weather/clock widget that comes with the phone after you install a launcher program? I really like that widget and I really like using Google, I just need to figure out how to get both.
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Anyone know how to use the weather/clock widget that comes with the phone after you install a launcher program? I really like that widget and I really like using Google, I just need to figure out how to get both.
You could root your phone, that's what I did...I still use TW and have Google now instead of Bing.

You can try searching the market for Clock/Weather apps. I use Beautiful Widgets, but it won't give you the circle clock. Mine looks similar to HTC's weather widget.
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You could root your phone, that's what I did...I still use TW and have Google now instead of Bing.

You can try searching the market for Clock/Weather apps. I use Beautiful Widgets, but it won't give you the circle clock. Mine looks similar to HTC's weather widget.
I would like the circle clock if it didn't have that stupid advert for WeatherBug. WeatherBug can take their adware and go to hell in my book. Most annoying weather provider I've ever used, and historically a pita to uninstall from PCs.

Is removal of that circle widget on the safe list for this phone yet??
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Nope. I just use BW for my clock/weather, so the stock widget doesn't bother me because I don't have to see it.
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This is all I did. I loaded Launcher Pro Plus. Put google search widget on home screen.
Downloaded Dolphin HD and made it my default browser. Searched using the google search widget by typing in search term. Immediately it went to Google search. Thereafter, now when I tap the search key (one of the 4 soft buttons at bottom of phone) the search box comes up and when I type in the search term and tap search, it goes immediately to google. (Google maps and Nav. also installed but not running at the time of the search. ) No bing in sight for results or anything.
It is not rerouting through bing at all. Is this not the desired outcome? Am I missing something?
This is a lot less complicated than sideloading the file and all. Why does this not work for everyone. Do I have different version of software or an update? My firmware version is 2.1-update1.
If you switch back to TW, does your search soft key still route through google?
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If you switch back to TW, does your search soft key still route through google?
Not without rooting, that I know of.
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Ok. Got rid of Bing. It does Google search now, even in voice searching. I also went in and renamed the browser.apk to browser.bak and installed dolphin browser HD. It runs great, too, but when I do the long hold on the search touch button, it correctly pulls up voice search, but then it goes to the simpleton browser instead of Dolphin. why does it still do this, even after setting dolphin as the default and renaming the stock browser apk file??
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If you switch back to TW, does your search soft key still route through google?
No, it goes to Bing. Haven't been able to get a google search widget for TW Launcher. Market description only has one for Froyo. (2.2).
Bing doesn't exactly suck but it's close.
In TW launcher though, put a shorcut to Dolphin Browser and make it default browser in settings. When you launch Dolphin the first thing that comes up is Google search box. Not quite a 1-click but it will do the job except for searching contacts for phone. For that you need the launcher pro google search if you want to use google search for that. I like its interface for finding contacts and launching phone much better than Bing, although bing will still do that. Just not quite as slick.
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I'm considering purchase of the Fascinate over the Captivate, and just read through this thread. I'm a bit confused, Can we completely get rid of Bing or not? I do expect I will root, if that makes any difference.
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I'm considering purchase of the Fascinate over the Captivate, and just read through this thread. I'm a bit confused, Can we completely get rid of Bing or not? I do expect I will root, if that makes any difference.
Oh, yes indeedy pumpkin seedy.

I have done this on two fascinates now: mine, and my sister's. And by the way, I bricked my sister's phone. So just in case you happen to brick yours, which is unlikely, I might be able to help you step by step "resurrect" it thanks to unfortunate personal experience, and en ENTIRE DAY of frantically bumbling around on my sister's phone.

Both her phone and my phone now are rooted, and completely de-bing'd. No lockups, lag, or anything. The phones are as "google'd" as we can presently get them. I'm glad you're willing to go the root route. It really is easy, and it works well.

And when you're done, Google will be the default touch button search and voice search.
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I get an Error message when attempting to install the EnhancedGoogleSearch.apk file from my SD card. It says, "Unable to parse." Can someone help?

I followed all of the instructions and even paid for LauncherPro Plus. I get Google Voice through Vlingo, and Google maps for Nav, but I'd still like to fix the soft key, as it still routes through Bing.

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I am rooted, done the renaming of the bing search apk, installed the google apk, paced the google search widget on my launcher pro screen, but still have been unsuccessful in removing the bing voice search link to the capacitive long press search key. I even set dolphin HD as my default browser. Every other search function brings up google except the long press cap key. Suggestions?
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I get an Error message when attempting to install the EnhancedGoogleSearch.apk file from my SD card. It says, "Unable to parse." Can someone help?

I followed all of the instructions and even paid for LauncherPro Plus. I get Google Voice through Vlingo, and Google maps for Nav, but I'd still like to fix the soft key, as it still routes through Bing.

Please help!
I would suspect a corrupt download. Download a fresh APK file and install it again off your SD card.
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I am rooted, done the renaming of the bing search apk, installed the google apk, paced the google search widget on my launcher pro screen, but still have been unsuccessful in removing the bing voice search link to the capacitive long press search key. I even set dolphin HD as my default browser. Every other search function brings up google except the long press cap key. Suggestions?
Did you install the EnhancedGoogleSearch.apk file mentioned above? You probably already did, I'm just double checking.
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Just so I understand correctly,........I download the apk file to my sd card.......open and install it with Astro File Manager..............download and install launcher pro.........using launcher pro put the google search widget on my home screen.

My question is this.............if I do not want to use launcher pro after the widget is placed on my home screen, will it still work using touchwiz?, or do I have to use launcher pro?

Just trying to understand completely. This is for a friend who isn't techno savvy and hates bing. Trying to help him out. I like the fascinate too, and am due to upgrade 12-27-10. Definitely a contender in my book!

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Just so I understand correctly,........I download the apk file to my sd card.......open and install it with Astro File Manager..............download and install launcher pro.........using launcher pro put the google search widget on my home screen.

My question is this.............if I do not want to use launcher pro after the widget is placed on my home screen, will it still work using touchwiz?, or do I have to use launcher pro?

Just trying to understand completely. This is for a friend who isn't techno savvy and hates bing. Trying to help him out. I like the fascinate too, and am due to upgrade 12-27-10. Definitely a contender in my book!

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Okay, so I'm committed to using Launcher Pro. Not sure I like that idea. I'd have to try it first I guess.
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I love TW- no complaints- tried LP (which I liked on my D1), ADW, and Zeam- I like TW the best.
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