Bing Mobile Gets an Upgrade – iPhone and Android

Bing Mobile Upgrades for iPhone and Android

Bing Mobile Upgrades for iPhone and Android

So, I’m very clearly get caught up on my blogging as we inch ever closer to the New Year. With that in mind, I wanted to pass along some pretty cool iPhone and Android mobile updates that were sent over by our Bing rep. With mobile exploding and likely to grow even more in 2011 I think this is a very timely push by the folks at Microsoft. Enjoy the read!

Bing for Mobile iPhone App

  • Homepage: The homepage has received a facelift with an enriched layout and design for easier navigation
  • Autosuggest: Refines restaurant searches by making suggestions. Easily find the perfect restaurant with the cuisine, price, location and atmosphere you want
  • Open Table Integration: Once you’ve decided where you want to go, finalize plans by reserving a table on OpenTable or order takeout from Grubhub – without leaving the Bing app
  • Streetside: Provides a multi-street level panorama of a location so you can take a virtual walk through the streets. As you slide the street level imagery sideways, the view of the sidewalk is seamlessly constructed including an overlay of business listings, street names and store fronts
  • Check–In: When you get to your destination, check-in with Bing and simultaneously update your Facebook, Foursquare and Windows Live Messenger status
  • Plans: Looking to plan a last-minute meet-up or happy hour? The new “Plan” feature lets you share local search results directly to your Facebook Wall, and plan a night based on the “likes” and comments of your friends
  • Location-Based Reminders: Forgot to pick up your dry cleaning? Now use the “Reminder” feature that lets you know when you’re close to a location. Set a reminder from the detail business listing page, type a custom message and Bing will remind you the next time you’re near the location.
  • Real Time Transit: We’ve added a real-time transit updates for Boston, San Francisco and Seattle, so you never miss the bus again.  Real-time transit shows if a bus is on schedule, early or delayed, with predictions for arrival times.  Standard transit routes for 11 cities are also live including Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, New Jersey, New York City, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Seattle, Washington DC, and Vancouver BC with more to come.
  • Voice Search: Powered by Microsoft TellMe, it is faster than before and allows you to fine-tune your existing search using your voice, without having to repeat the entire search (also on WP7)
  • Bing Vision: Lets you search using your phone’s camera. Bring an object into view and Bing will detect text and present a tool to select words for a search. If the object has a barcode, Bing will instantly return product results. Bing Vision can detect product information from UPC codes and cover art for books, CD, DVDs and video games

Bing for Mobile Android App

  • What’s Nearby: Bing will automatically detect “what’s nearby” and present dynamic and full category search pages
  • Bookmark Images: We know how much you love Bing images, and now you can bookmark any image result from the Web to the device
  • Search Widget: Allows you to search third party apps (e.g. Yelp), in addition to contacts, apps, audio files and the Web.
  • Share: To make planning a night out easier, share search results with friends using any loaded app that can accept and share content by using the “share” command. And, with the integration of OpenTable and GrubHub into the Bing for Mobile search results, you can make reservations or order take out – without switching between apps.

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