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CNET Editors' review
While currently limited to phones on the Verizon network, Microsoft's Bing for Android is a worthy search app. Similar to Bing on other mobile platforms, the app overlays a striking photograph of the day with a pop-up menu to search by images, movies, maps, news, or what's nearby. There's also an option to search for directions--walking and driving. In addition, a search field sits at the top, next to a voice search button. Bing for Android tucks your history, settings, and favorites in the phone's hard-coded Menu button.
Bing also integrates maps, and the touchable hot spots hidden in the day's image that reveal additional information about the photo du jour. Swiping backward loads previous images. However, Bing for Android lacks two significant features found in the iPhone version--options for scanning an item's bar code with your camera, and connecting to your Twitter and Facebook feeds.We're fans of the Bing app on all platforms we've tested, and while we'd like to see this Android version gain parity with the iPhone version, when it comes to usability, the app is no exception.
Whatever you're looking for, Bing can find it and help you get theredown the street, the other side of the world, or somewhere in betweenBing has the answer.See amazing daily images on the Bing home page and tap a hotspot for more info about the subject. Tell Bing what you are looking for with voice-activated search, even addresses, when you need to be hands-free.Find out what deals, shops, restaurants, and much more, are near you.See movie ratings, read reviews, and get info about where and when its playing so you can pick the perfect flick.Easily share images, results, deals, and more with your Facebook friends, in email, or text message.Get walking, transit, and driving directions with current traffic conditions and maps.Recent changes:You spoke, we listened! Based on recent feedback, we've made some changes:Improved image grid view, save images to the gallery, and see full-sized imagesVoice-activated search is improved and recognizes addressesMultiple bug fixesNote: The widget is hidden after you update. To see it, long press on the home screen, click Android Widgets, and then select Bing. The widget isnt available if the Bing app is installed on an SD card.Min. requirements: OS 2.2 and 320x480 screen resolutionContent rating: Low Maturity
What's new in this version: You spoke, we listened! Based on recent feedback, we've made some changes:Improved image grid view, save images to the gallery, and see full-sized imagesVoice-activated search is improved and recognizes addressesMultiple bug fixesNote: The widget is hidden after you update. To see it, long press on the home screen, click Android Widgets, and then select Bing. The widget isnt available if the Bing app is installed on an SD card.Min. requirements: OS 2.2 and 320x480 screen resolution
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"Faster than Google search widget"
Version: Bing 2.1.570.20110929
It's faster than google search from my homescreen.Nice layout.
It would be nice if the cursor and keyboard were already at ready when opening the search bar. Right now you have to click the search bar before typing. It only takes a second, but the quality of the app would definitely increase with this ability.
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