Motorola Android Phone Sold in China Will Feature Microsoft Bing Search & Maps

I expressed my dismay at the way AT&T decided to launch their first Android-powered phone earlier this week.

AT&T Doesn’t Need an iPhone Killer, But Why Mess Up the Motorola Backflip (Android)?

One of their odd decisions was to make Yahoo! the default search engine on a Google Android based device. However, they are not alone in dumping the Google search engine from a Google Android phone according to this Motorola press release:

Motorola Announces Alliance with Microsoft for Search and Maps Services; Launching on New Smart Phones in China

Microsoft will also provide the map feature on the Motorola Android phone sold in China. The only reason given in the press release is the long business relationship between Motorola and Microsoft. It sure would be interest to learn the details of this specific decision.