Bing for Mobile comes to your Verizon Android

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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19 comments
  1. wisemx

    Awesome!

    Now if we can get Silverlight too. ;-)

  2. BingSaint

    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.

  3. foggytown

    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.

  4. okuabx

    Another baffling move by Microsoft at a time when it's trying to expand its mobile+online reach, why Verizon only?.

  5. firemoon

    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

  6. cellhub

    That's the Great news for all of us, but in future it comes in different phones or not?

    Thanks For The Sharing.

  7. ianmacfarlane

    Why was this not released on the Android Marketplace?

  8. simonrijnders

    I have a HTC Desire, I love Bing and would love it on my phone. Not releasing it fully is a bad move IMO!

  9. simonrijnders

    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!

  10. joseph_cortez

    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?

  11. MisterGecko

    This is ridiculous.  Why, on God's green earth, would you release this app as a Verizon exclusive?  

  12. tim_acheson

    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! :)

  13. juje80

    is there anyway i can download this app for milestone (droid) phone without being a verizon client?

  14. Andres S.

    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.

  15. Andres S.

    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

  16. Rob Speed

    There is absolutely no reason to make it Verizon-only. This type of behavior is exactly the type of BS that makes you lose customers.

  17. Andy Chu

    We’re working to make Bing available on the other mobile operators and their Android devices.  More information to follow.

  18. Jason A

    Is there an API defined for us to use Bing Maps instead of Google Maps in apps we develop?  I have an app that makes use of the Google Maps API, but on devices like the Fascinate, it looks like people won't be able to use that app until I integrate the Bing Maps API.

    Also, is there a way developers can get an .APK of the Bing Maps application for emulators?

    -Jason A

  19. MobileUser

    I love Bing. I've been a long time Windows Mobile user and loved the WL maps application. I've moved on to Android but now this lets me have the best of both worlds. I like the Bing search and traffic features and I like the Bing news built in to the app as well.

    I am not too thrilled with the "Verizon exclusivity" thing, but there are ways around it :)

    Dev team – here's some feedback. There's something strange going on with the way this application uses network connections. I know it's "only for Verizon" who don't have Wimax (popularly known as 4G), but there shouldn't be anything that prevents it from being usable on a non-Verizon phone.

    But I see that when it tries to access the network over wimax, it throws the error: "Due to a temporary connection or service issue, we can't get results. Please try again."

    The Bing home image page loads just fine, and so do the little balloon boxes and the interesting little popups. And when you click on one of the popups, it shows the same error EXCEPT if it is an image search popup, in which case it shows the image search results just fine. None of the slide out drawer buttons work over 4G (even the image search one). The past days' images load just fine over 4G.

    The app just works fine over Wifi and 3G. It's only on 4G that this happens. Just letting you know since you seem to be developing/testing this for other phones as well.

    For all the people who are going to respond with "what do you expect, it's not supported on non-Verizon phones" – there's no reason it shouldn't work on ANY phone with the Android OS. A network connection is a network connection, when you ask for a network resource, you'll get it over whichever interface that is available (or it should be) if there's a route to the uri. Unless the program is specifically looking for named interfaces like rmnet0, eth0 or something like that. The 4G interface is called wimax0, and maybe the app is looking for something specifically by name?

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