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sailnaked
Posts: 7
Registered: ‎02-07-2012
My Device: blackberry playbook 64gb

I want to use my own search engine.

With the playbook browser I can only choose Google, Bing, AOL or Yahoo as default search engines.  I hate all of them I'd like to use Startpage, DuckDuckGo, or Yippy as my default search engine.  How can I set this up.  If I can't, why the heck not??  Can somebody help me.

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cas118
Posts: 863
Registered: ‎10-27-2010
My Device: Z30 / PlayBook 64GB

Re: I want to use my own search engine.

I agree with you. I use Google for my search.

So what's the problem? Well, I live in the UK so I want google.co.uk to be my default search, NOT google.com which dishes out different results.

It's the same on the phones and it's annoying.

Why not? I'm guessing it has something to do with the £££.

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notam
Posts: 48
Registered: ‎01-15-2012
My Device: playbook

Re: I want to use my own search engine.

Why not go to the web page of your search engine of choice (e.g., dogpile.com) and save it as a favourite either in bookmarks or main screen?

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cas118
Posts: 863
Registered: ‎10-27-2010
My Device: Z30 / PlayBook 64GB

Re: I want to use my own search engine.

Because there's a perfectly good search bar at the top of the browser that I can use?

I have taken to setting google.co.uk as the homepage, but that's besides the point and doesn't address the OP's question.

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greenback
Posts: 535
Registered: ‎10-17-2010
My Device: (BlackBerry Z10)-> Q10/Passport Dual Use

Re: I want to use my own search engine.

You need to go into some sort of agreement with RIM, which involves cash to get your search engine pre-installed on all Playbook devices.

 

Thats just how it works. Search engines like Bing, and Google pay upbig $$$.

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sailnaked
Posts: 7
Registered: ‎02-07-2012
My Device: blackberry playbook 64gb

Re: I want to use my own search engine.

No, no, no,  no.   You're telling me that I  have to pay big $$$ to RIM to insert an obvious convenience feature into their software.  That's dumb.  All I'm asking for is the obvious.  This functionality should be built in to the browser.  I don't care if they have defaults out  of the box.  They should allow the user to select his preference after purchase.  Especially privacy averse search engines like google.  RIM is supposed to be all security conscious and everything, well let me use a search engine that does not spy.

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Zildjian71
Posts: 143
Registered: ‎01-01-2011
My Device: Blackberry Z10 White, PlayBook 16g & 64g

Re: I want to use my own search engine.

I agree user friendly = freedom of choice or at least customizable options.

 

BTW I have startpage.com as my home page.

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StuR
Posts: 1
Registered: ‎06-15-2012
My Device: Blackberry 9900

Re: I want to use my own search engine.

Sorry to bump an old post but I was searching for how to change the default search engine to google.co.uk and stumbled across this post.

For the person that asked how to change to google uk, I have worked out the correct search string to use google's uk search engine which may help you

http://www.google.co.uk/m/search?q=%s
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cas118
Posts: 863
Registered: ‎10-27-2010
My Device: Z30 / PlayBook 64GB

Re: I want to use my own search engine.

StuR,

Thanks for that. I already know the strings as I have imported them into various browsers in the past - however it might be useful to others. :smileywink:

As the OP pointed out, it's disappointing that we can't put a custom search into the main bar - which is essentially region-locked to the US and limited to just a couple of search providers.

A good thought that I came up with since this post was to simply drop an HTML file with my favourite searches on the PlayBook and load that as the default page. It's not as smooth as the bar, but it's not far off.

At least the BlackBerry handsets have a choice when you search. I'm genuinely worried that the PlayBook browser will be more or less the same on BlackBerry 10 - limitations and all.

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Tigershark24
Posts: 97
Registered: ‎02-01-2013
My Device: Z10

Re: I want to use my own search engine.

The link does not work. Can someone please post a way of making Google.co.uk my default search provider for my BlackBerry z10 phone.

 

Thanks.