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Bing app for Android updated with Metro UI and more features

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Bing app for Android updated with Metro UI and more features
We understand that the following statement may be seen as heretical, but the truth often is: Bing is better than Google at some things. Bing is not better overall, but there are certain things that Bing does better, like image searches. Bing image results tend to be more relevant to current day news. For example, do a Google search for "Jonah Hill", then do one on Bing. You'll notice that on Google, you have to go to the last picture on page 7 to get a shot of Jonah since his recent weight loss, whereas Bing has that same image on page 1.

So, if you want to get some of the Bing benefits on Android, the Bing app has now been updated to version 2.0 which features:
Bing app for Android updated with Metro UI and more features

  • A new Home Page experience with Hotspots.
  • New voice experience in Search and Directions scenarios.
  • Bookmark search results and access them from auto-suggest.
  • Share any web result via email, SMS or Facebook.
  • Brand new maps & directions experience with a split map/list view.

The new UI on the home screen is really nice, but the UI inside the app itself can be a bit odd. The app is essentially a browser, but things are a bit strange when tapping links and auto-suggest options, because the app doesn't have any visual cues to let you know that you've tapped something. The auto-suggest options are also fairly tightly packed, so if you have big fingers, you may find yourself accidentally tapping the wrong links and not knowing it. 

Bing Maps may still not be as nice an experience as Google, but we really aren't expecting everything about the Bing app to excel. That said, it's definitely worth a try. 

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posted on 17 Aug 2011, 18:01 3

1. quakan (Posts: 1195; Member since: 02 Mar 2011)


I'll stick to google...

posted on 17 Aug 2011, 23:08

6. brant (Posts: 24; Member since: 08 Aug 2011)


I'm with you on that... No thanks microsoft

posted on 17 Aug 2011, 19:06

2. Joshing4fun (Posts: 1047; Member since: 13 Aug 2010)


The app is now identical to the mobile version of bing. Nothing special here.

posted on 17 Aug 2011, 21:12

4. vvelez5 (Posts: 623; Member since: 29 Jan 2011)


I love the Bing app. This new update is sweet too.

posted on 17 Aug 2011, 22:51

5. christianqwerty (Posts: 460; Member since: 05 May 2011)


orrrrrrr you could buy a wp7 phone and have bing built in along with other bing benefits...

posted on 17 Aug 2011, 23:39

7. BlackCoffee (Posts: 6; Member since: 13 May 2011)


Google anytime !

posted on 18 Aug 2011, 08:55

8. protozeloz (Posts: 5378; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


now can you please put windows live on android marker.... is that too much to ask? jeez -_-

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