Bing Search for Android receives major update, now matches iOS version

Bing Search for Android receives major update, now matches iOS version
A few months ago, the Bing app for iOS received an update with several new features that put it ahead of the Android version of Bing in terms of capabilities. But Microsoft evened the score today with the latest and greatest release of Bing Search for Android. The new version of the search app, 6.0.25181660, is available for those rockin' a device powered by Android 4.0 or higher.

Among the new features is a search button found in the middle of the home page, near the top. A long press of the button reveals two smaller buttons. One is a camera button that will allow you to snap QR codes or bar codes to help you find the lowest prices in your area for certain products. The microphone button is used to initiate voice searches.

Other changes include new buttons like "Near Me" which allow you to find places to go for lunch, coffee, gas, groceries, malls, movies and more. Press on one and you'll see pertinent information related to your selection including the ability to get directions to the place, make a phone call, see a Yelp rating (when appropriate) and even get a coupon for a special deal. And you won't overpay for gas anymore once you've installed the updated app on your phone.

Clicking on News allows you to learn what is going on in the world without having to leave the Bing app, and there are a number of different categories to check out like Business, Sports, Politics, Entertainment and Weather.

The updated Bing Search for Android is a free app that you can install on your Android handset by clicking on the sourcelink. If you already have it loaded on your phone, go to the Google Play Store and click on "My apps and games" to see if the update has arrived.


source: BingSearch (Android|iOS) via AndroidCentral

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7 Comments

1. Landon

Posts: 1245; Member since: May 07, 2015

Does anyone actually use this over Google?

3. Hashed unregistered

Google is the best search engine, no argument there.

4. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

I have it as my default search engine in my browsers, does the job most of the time. Tried using Cortana (which is like Bing Now) on my OnePlus One (spyware aspects controlled via XPrivacy just like I control google now). It was just a slow and irritating mess, doesn't pick up the phrase "Hey Cortana" accurately, sometimes it picks it up when in the middle of a conversation with someone else and opens the app to listening mode whereas we never mentioned anything close to the same thing. So, that's off my device...

8. 48Chevy

Posts: 73; Member since: Jul 23, 2014

I use Bing. I haven't purposely used Google search for over 3 years!

2. Landon

Posts: 1245; Member since: May 07, 2015

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6. skymitch89

Posts: 1453; Member since: Nov 05, 2010

Bing? What is that? Isn't that one of the sounds made when playing pin ball?

7. Fire5

Posts: 315; Member since: Feb 13, 2015

Bing ugly girl that nobody gets to dance.

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