Bing app for Android updated with Metro UI and more features

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:

  • 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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7 Comments

1. quakan

Posts: 1419; Member since: Mar 02, 2011

I'll stick to google...

6. brant

Posts: 24; Member since: Aug 08, 2011

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

2. Joshing4fun

Posts: 1249; Member since: Aug 13, 2010

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

4. vvelez5

Posts: 623; Member since: Jan 29, 2011

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

5. christianqwerty

Posts: 467; Member since: May 05, 2011

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

7. BlackCoffee

Posts: 6; Member since: May 13, 2011

Google anytime !

8. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

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

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