Apple may partner with Microsoft on the iPhone, snubbing Google

War makes strange bedfellows, indeed. The iPhone's debut back in '07 saw it launch with plenty of Google-fueled functionality built right in. Google seach, Google maps, Gmail — basically all of the great stuff you'd find on an Android-powered phone, such as Google's very own Nexus One. Yet therein lies the problem.

From the New York Times:

The latest skirmish: BusinessWeek reported Wenesday (sic) that Apple is in talks with Microsoft to make Bing the default search engine on the iPhone's Safari Web browser. The article said the two companies have been negotiating for weeks over a possible partnership on the iPhone.

That's not all, either. Apple and Google have had several moments of division, the most prominent one being Apple's decision not to allow Google Voice on the iPhone, which culminated — though perhaps was not entirely caused by Google Voice — Google's chief executive Eric Schmidt resigning from Apple's board of directors. Google Voice is still not offered as an iPhone app.

Will the iPhone have a Bing-backed Safari browser in the near future? We'll have to wait and see, but if you had any question in your mind whether or not Bing was going to stick around, it looks like the young search engine is finally ready for prime time.

BusinessWeek, via the New York Times