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Today we are happy to announce the first official Bing for Mobile Android App available to Verizon customers. You can now download the free Bing App from your Verizon Wireless Android phones’ Marketplace.
The app homepage features the Bing image of the day, complete with clickable hotspots that you can explore and discover related trivia. Did you miss one of the latest images? Don’t worry; you can still swipe through up to 7 days’ worth of Bing images.
Are you a visual person? Try the image search feature that has endless scrolling results (Tip: this also works for any search result). Then easily swipe through image previews and click straight through to the image host site.
Now, do you see the mic option on the homepage? Our investment in voice search continues in our Android App and works great for searches like map locations as well as web search. This works especially well when looking for “Instant answers” which give you quick and relevant answers for things like movies, stock quotes, flight status and local listings.
Just say “movies,” for a quick result of movie listings, theaters and show times nearby, or say the flight information you are looking for, we will show you the departure, arrival, and other relevant information such as traffic, weather, news, and hotels details.
Voice search is also great when it comes to your local business listings. Give it a try, even something complex, hold the phone to your ear and speak, or press the mic button—it’s that simple.
The Android app also has a pretty smooth mapping feature. First, Bing will automatically find your current location. You can then easily discover new places by category such as restaurants, banks, theaters and you can choose whether you want walking or driving directions. Swipe through each step of your directions, and check out how fast the map pans and zooms. For times when you only have one hand free and can’t pinch, there is the handy zoom-out button.
There are a bunch of other features we’d love to tell you about, like local listing reviews, ratings and news. But rather than drone on about them, just download the app from your Android’s Marketplace, give it a spin and let us know what you think.
Andy Chu – Bing for Mobile
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Now if we can get Silverlight too. ;-)
Not a smart move, Microsoft, prejudiced against other Android users who are not on Verizon? Why are you alienating other Android users? There is no need other than greed to do this.
Why only Verizon? I would love to wean myself from the google apps on my Nexus One, but MS chooses not to compete.
It seems that if one is attempting to grow their online presence then they would adopt a mobile strategy that encompasses the majority of devices. It seems that MS talks a good fight but isn't really serious.
Do you think Google will only make WP7 apps that work on a single carrier? And that is why MS has been relegated to obscurity in the mobile race.
Another baffling move by Microsoft at a time when it's trying to expand its mobile+online reach, why Verizon only?.
I'm not sure how the logistics of getting Bing into Google's market would work.
The move isn't so baffling when you consider the stakes.
Personally, I'm waiting for windows phone 7 for it's silverlight and bingy goodness :D
That's the Great news for all of us, but in future it comes in different phones or not?
Thanks For The Sharing.
Why was this not released on the Android Marketplace?
I have a HTC Desire, I love Bing and would love it on my phone. Not releasing it fully is a bad move IMO!
I love Bing. I have an HTC Desire and live in the Netherlands. Having Bing on my phone would be awesome. But releasing it ONLY for Verizon customers?!? Come on!
This is pretty awesome, I like the speed of this app. Much better than the stock Google ones. Now where is my Windows Live Messenger and Hotmail apps for Android?
This is ridiculous. Why, on God's green earth, would you release this app as a Verizon exclusive?
The Bing app for Android is coming for everyone!
It's not limited to Verizon users, except in the initial release. Think of this as a limited soft-launch.
All we need now is a Windows Live app, and above all SkyDrive on Android so we can share and backup our files to the Cloud! :)
is there anyway i can download this app for milestone (droid) phone without being a verizon client?
Huh? One carrier in one country? I'm usually not mean, but are you guys high? Too much pot? Are you just plain insane? Why waste time developing an application for such market? You should have invested your time in doing something more useful, like helping the Mono project, or even bringing Silverlight as someone else pointed.
It is great that you guys try to set a foot on the Android platform. We all know you are quite busy building the WP7 market and all, but man... do it or do NOT do it, do not waste time, money and energy in this manner.
Or... are you planning to release Silverlight only for Cricket users? Is that the next step?
man... what a waste
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