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December
15

Bing for mobile comes to the iPhone

Bing on your mobile phone just keeps getting better.  Today we are happy to announce the first official Bing App for iPhone and iPod touch.  You can now download the free Bing App from your phone in the App Store, from your computer at iTunes, or go to m.bing.com and we will redirect you to the app store. 

Let’s talk about some cool stuff you can do with the Bing App.  Our investments in voice search (you may have played with them on Windows phones or BlackBerry already) continues in our iPhone App and works great for map locations as well as old fashioned web search.  Just say “San Francisco weather,” for a quick result, or even say a full address for a map or directions.  Try something complex, like “1 Microsoft Way, Redmond 98052.” (Yes, I know how to get to work.) Hold the phone to your ear and speak, or press the mic button—simple. 

Speaking of directions (ha), looking for a coffee shop nearby? Bing automatically finds your location.  It’s also easy to discover a new spot by category such as restaurants, banks, theaters and choose whether you want walking or driving directions.

We’ve got smooth mapping action. Swipe through each step of the directions, and check out how fast the map pans and zooms.  (Techies take note: we use Seadragon technology for some of this.)  For times when you only have one hand free and can’t pinch, there is a handy zoom-out button.

The home screen shows the Bing image of the day, complete with clickable hotspots to discover related trivia. 

Want more images? Try image search with endless scrolling results (also works for any search result). Then easily flick through image previews and click through to the host site.

There are a bunch of other features we’d love to tell you about, like movies, news and flight status.  But rather than drone on about them, just download the app and give it a spin. 

Justin Jed – Bing for mobile

Other Posts of Interest:

Bing: Connecting People, Places and Things

 Bing™ for mobile availability continues to grow

 Mobile Madness Round 2… Then and Now

Bing for mobile now live at m.bing.com

Use Your Voice to Text, Call and Search with Bing

Mobile Madness is Upon Us

Comments

  • Yippiee! Bye bye google! Thanks a lot, team Bing!

  • Wow, the interface is simply fantastic.  One thing I had a problem with though was that, within the maps sector, loading the images was much slower than google maps, and from changing to hybrid map view, it crashed the app.  I also crashed the app by simply moving around.  It may work great on the 3GS, but it may need some more optimization with the iPhone 3G.  So far, it looks much better than google's offerings though, so great job.

  • thanks a lot it's very helpful

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  • Yippiee! Bye bye google

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  • Iphone 3G, app simply crashes whenever I try and use the voice features.

  • Very cool

  • I'm having the same problem as chadt on an iPhone 3GS... crashing when using voice features

  • Hello,

    why the hell aren't you able to deliver a worldwide Bing experience? I'm living in germany and at the moment Bing is just a skin for the old Live Search!!! I want to get the great experience in my language. When changing the locale to en-US i LOVE Bing. But the german "Beta" is so bad! Please make the real Bing available in germany and don't forget to localize the iPhone app. Microsoft is a global working company and should act like this!!!

  • I'm having 100% fail with this app on a 3GS in New Zealand

    See bing, typed search gives no results, voice search crashes or gives no result

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    It's not connectivity as Google on the same phone shows;

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  • I am having the same problem with voice search! I have iPhone 3gs and the app crashes when I use voice search..please look into it!

  • I'm on the iPhone 2G and typed search doesn't work for anything...web, images or map. I just get a blank page and it says "We did not find any results for ". The map works perfectly just panning around but you cant search. and also why no Bird Eye? Thats the best thing about Bing Maps and what sets it apart from Google Maps and it's not included in this app.

  • Looks great, but as I other commenters have noted, trying to use voice search just crashes the app.

  • Just installed Bing on my 3GS.. it looks cool. It crashes whenever I try to use Voice search... Hope MS will fix it soon.

  • Bing is doing extremely good job. I will go ahead and download this app.

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    Thanks

  • Excellent App.   No crashes on multiple voice search tests.  All tests produced exact matches.   Great interface.  A way to see the Bing image of the day!