. 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 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. That's just one more slap in Google's face from Moto, following the release of the Yahoo-powered AT&T Backflip
-- and another step away from the tight relationship that produced the Droid
. And does this mean Motorola might yet build a Windows Phone 7 Series device, despite a very public commitment
to Android? We'd say Eric and Sanjay have some unresolved differences to work through.