Quick tip: Siri can search with Google, Yahoo or Bing

21 Oct

Users of iPhone 4S probably know that Siri can search the web for keywords of their choice. Most of the users do not know that they can tell it on the  fly which specific search engine to use to find their results. This option can be used, as the user utilize one of three option available default on iOS.

Default search engine can be chosen in Setting > Safari under “General”, in Google (the one automatically chosen if you haven’t changed it), Yahoo or Bing. When “Search for” option is used in Siri, it will use the chosen search engine.

But if you wish to switch engines temporarily for just one search, simply ask Siri to check with a specific search service. For instance, “Search Bing for Windows Phone 7.5″ will use Microsoft’s search portal to show results, even if the user has seleced Google as his default engine. At the same time, the choice of default engine remains same.

While you may not often have cause to take a brief vacation from your search engine of choice, this can come in handy if you’re comparing the order of results for a search term across services, or if you find one service better than another for particular types of searches, such as images, places or directions.

Source: gigaom

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