As with any other company Microsoft doesn’t want to be left out in Android wave. Today, Bing team has released the first official application for Android platform expanding its footprint in the mobile world. That said, the Bing rollout on Android is truly the tech industry’s equivalent of confronting the enemy on its own turf, given Google’s position as the Internet search king. The pressure is on Microsoft to deliver a high-quality release, given the native Google search functionality built in to Android devices.
In a blog post by the Bing team, they mentioned, The app homepage features the Bing image of the day, complete with clickable hotspots that you can explore and discover related trivia and you can even browse through last 7 days of images. They have also included the mic option as Google has for voice search which 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.
The application doesn’t leave behind the maps feature which is well integrated and it can find out your current location based on the gps and shows you the banks, restaurants, movies etc in that area.
Verizon customer can now download the free Bing App from your Verizon Wireless Android phones’ Marketplace.
We all knew it was coming as they released iPhone app last month, but the release appears to be sooner than expected, which shows how eager is Bing to ride onto the Android wave, leaving behind their own Mobile operating system.