Motorola flees to Bing in Android deal

Following Google's noisy exit from China in January, Motorola's been wondering what to do about the handsets that it's planning to launch in the country in 2010. It can't run Google Search or Google Maps any longer, so instead it's jumped into the arms of Microsoft and its Bing search and maps.

Users will get a pre-loaded Bing bookmark, and a Bing widget that allows users to directly access the search engine from their device's homescreen. Christy Wyatt, Motorola's corporate vice president of software and services, said: "We believe that consumer choice is one of the most critical components to ensuring a rich and seamless client experience".

While the deal only extends to China, the partnership is described as "global", so it's entirely possible that it'll be expanded to more territories. What do you think - Could Bing on Android be a serious threat to Google long-term? Or does the search giant have little to fear from a widget and a bookmark? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.