Apple previously had a deal in place with Microsoft to use its search engine, Bing. Both iOS and macOS X for Siri and Spotlight Search used to provide search results from Bing, however, today they have shifted from Bing search to Google. Currently, if you ask Siri a question it will provide search results from Google. The Safari browser on both iOS and macOS had its default search engine set to Google due to a multi-billion dollar deal between Google and Apple.
“Switching to Google as the web search provider for Siri, Search within iOS and Spotlight on Mac will allow these services to have a consistent web search experience with the default in Safari,”
Apple said in a statement.
Using Google for the search results in both Siri and Spotlight Search will make the search results more consistent as the people will be getting the same results in both the Safari browser and in these apps. Interestingly, the company will keep on using Bing as its default image search engine for Siri. The company says that they have strong relationships with Google and Microsoft and remain committed to delivering the best user experience possible.
“Bing has grown every year since its launch, now powering over a third of all the PC search volume in the US, and continues to grow worldwide. It also powers the search experiences of many other partners, including Yahoo (Verizon), AOL and Amazon, as well as the multi-lingual abilities of Twitter,”
said a spokesperson from Microsoft.
He also said that they value their relationship with Apple and look forward to continuing working with them in many ways like Bing Image Search in Siri. It seems as if the company is quite confident that due to its work in the field of artificial intelligence, it would be at number one position in providing more intelligent search results to its users.