At Bing, we’re constantly looking for ways to improve your experience regardless of which device you’re using. Our greatest resource to inform what we work on next is direct feedback from you. This week, we are releasing a host of updates to the Bing for iPhone app based directly on what you asked for. Let’s take a look.
To streamline navigation, we are introducing a pervasive widget that is always available within the app. With a simple tap, you have 4 finger friendly buttons that allow you to return to the homepage, conduct a voice search, conduct a text search or see your Recent searches. If you don’t feel like using the widget – turn it off in the settings and it’ll be out of your way.
Multi-taskers Rejoice! Manage Multiple Searches
When searching on your iPhone, it’s usually in the context of getting things done – whether that’s planning a night out, looking for directions or catching up on the latest news. To get things done swiftly while on the go, Bing now lets you run multiple searches without having to get rid of the original results. Now, you can manage all your Recent searches on the Recent page. Swipe a tile off the screen, if it’s no longer relevant, open a new one to do a new search, or close them all.
Explore Trends with Beautiful Full Screen Tiles
Bing goes beyond a search box, and keeps you in the know. Now when checking out what’s happening in the world, you can glance over what’s trending, and focus in on to what what looks interesting, whether it’s a news article, a trending query, or a trending image.
Flexible Browsing and Bookmarks
Whether you prefer to stay searching within the app or to open pages in Safari, now with a simple click you can open a search result via the browser or add a bookmark to quickly access your favorite sites from within the app. Check out the new bookmark manager – we wanted to make it easier for you to sort through your bookmarks.
In addition, you can now expand autosuggested items to further refine a query and quickly find what you’re looking for.
Shake it Up a Bit
Finally, we decided to shake it up a bit. Now, you can shake your phone and we’ll roll the dice to show a trending story on Bing. Don’t like what you see? Shake again.
The Bing for iPhone app updates are available for download in the iTunes store starting today. Please check out the updates and as always, let us know what you think. We’re listening.
– The Bing Team