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Bing Android App Hits Market

Writing about an official Bing app on Android seems so wrong in so many ways, but after playing with it for 5 minutes, I’m actually sort of impressed.  In cheating on your cat kind of way.  (Huh? Exactly.)

As you may have heard, Bing (of Microsoft) is one of the big competitors against Google and their search domination.  Today, they announced the release of their first Android app that comes fully loaded and doesn’t skimp on features.  In fact, you can actually ditch all things Google experience if you choose to just by downloading this new Bing app.

Overall, I really like this app.  However, you can’t beat Google integration.

In the market for F to the R to the E to the E.

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  • picaso86

    People lets be loyal to GOOGLE!

  • Mavcable

    One thing they certainly need to play catch-up with is satellite imagery. They're around 3-4 years behind in Nashville – while Google usually updates their images of this area at least twice a year. The most recent update was at the end of April 2010.

  • DJyoSNOW

    I did come from the other OS so its funny this runs on my droid & never did on my other cell. Also I found Zune Home screen which I am partial to since I own a zune. ODD finds I've installed on my Incredible!!

  • picaso86

    People lets be loyal to GOOGLE!

  • Mavcable

    One thing they certainly need to play catch-up with is satellite imagery. They're around 3-4 years behind in Nashville – while Google usually updates their images of this area at least twice a year. The most recent update was at the end of April 2010.

  • DJyoSNOW

    I did come from the other OS so its funny this runs on my droid & never did on my other cell. Also I found Zune Home screen which I am partial to since I own a zune. ODD finds I've installed on my Incredible!!

  • Droidfan

    Seems AndroidandMe borrowed your screenshots without crediting you Kellex. Damn thieves.

  • http://twitter.com/DanDroidX Daniel W. Unzicker

    ROFLMAO…

    I think M'Soft wasted some money developing that app. Kinda funny though.

  • eddieonofre

    Microsoft should make an Live Messenger App for Android….. with all the file sharing and photo sharing capabilities…

  • Chris Nimon

    I prefer bing when doing a picture search because i dont have to keep clicking “next page”. That being said i think anybody who wants to compete with google's integration on Android phones has got some serious catching up to do. I use the voice search for almost everything now. Microsoft is gonna have to come up with something new to have a chance at this point.

    • http://twitter.com/Chrisace89 Christopher Acevedo

      Funny you mention that but google copied Bing you dont have to click next anymore for images.

      • Chris Nimon

        Hey, your right. Google has slightly bigger thumbnails too. When did that happen?

  • PAJ

    Not seeing it in the market. Need to be on FRG22D?

  • John

    Only thing I might use it for is maps. Bing maps zoom in and out way better than Google maps now (ever since 4.0)..

  • Lp987

    USA ONLY ??

    dont see it in Canada

  • BAoxymoron

    lol “By clicking accept and using bing you acknowledge and allow microsoft to collect, store, and use your location”…. a little big brother-ish….
    all kidding aside I like the browser integration when you search it stays within bing.
    another thing anyone notice that verizon might be preloading it on future phones and that they might be taking google search off of the phone and requiring you to install search from market…. anyone worried where that could lead?

    • http://twitter.com/DanDroidX Daniel W. Unzicker

      Lies… Blasphemy.

      • BAoxymoron

        what is? the idea of microsoft playing big brother, me liking one or two features, or being worried where it could lead with BGR possibly switching out search engines…
        or the fact that I like their travel searches(seriously check it out) and their video search is pretty good too… I'm just saying I use google because I like it… not because it's google… when you use google just because it's google you are no better than those who use apple because it's apple… just saying

  • droiddidit

    Bada Bing….I will stick with Google for now.

  • WhereIsTony

    If only mapquest would make an app.

  • teschall

    Competition is good…and the app is not bad. In fact, I like it.

  • rals

    Interesting, there is a new restaurant opened here, and bing couldn't find it, but google did. I was hoping it would be that way anyway :-)

  • Evermour

    Why do people like Bing? i HATE bing. i love google (:

    • Bullet Tooth Tony

      Someone already mentioned it… but Bing's Travel page is the best in the biz… go check it out real quick. Make yourself a fantasy flight going anywhere… it's impressive.

  • Tabe

    It skimps on Navigation (RE: “…doesn’t skimp on features.”)… Bing Maps for WinMo has Navigation a la Google Maps. Why didn't they include that, I wonder…

  • Josh

    loaded this on my X. I quite like how it handles movie times

  • http://parker-cs.com/MediaManager.aspx Kwparker80

    It works better out here in BF Egypt than Google does for some reason. I like the interface, too.

  • SecurityNick

    This would be like putting safari on my droid. No thanks. On an unrelated note, disqus is now a little friendlier to droid now. I logged in from their website on my droid & it remembers me when I come to droid-life & now I'm posting this from my droid, using swype I might add :)

    • Evermour

      You had problems? i signed in with my phone weeks ago.. almost a month ago i believe.

      • BAoxymoron

        I still have trouble posting… have to reload the page for it to send the post quite often, but as fo logging in it's always been fairly consistent

  • http://www.facebook.com/bhaxprime Ben Hackney

    Darth Searchvader

  • Steve H

    B.ing
    I.s
    N.ot
    G.oogle

  • Joe

    I've got an AT&T Samsung Captivate…app doesn't show up in store… :(

    • http://thisisjohncoffey.com GRAND MASTER SEN$Ei {{-_-}}™

      It's only for Verizon. {{-_-}}

      • BAoxymoron

        um…. samsung captivate isn't on verizon…

        • qmartman711

          he was responding to the availability of the bing app on the market.

          • BAoxymoron

            yeah I realized that about 2mins later but forgot to edit my post… sorry yoda… forgive me

    • qmartman711

      i just posted it on xda- for you of course… http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?…

    • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/II5KUXRH3PZ3IFVUWUVEU46WH4 Brandy

      how are you liking that samsung? my brother is wanting to get one but doesnt know how its holding up? so what do you think of it?

      • Timoh

        My sister in law got one. Battery life isn't too good, that's the only complaint I've heard. I don't talk to her much though.

  • tbaybe

    i really dislike bing

  • Droidzilla

    Installing this app would make me feel . . . dirty.

  • 1bad69z28

    Looks like Microsoft is trying to get in on the Android Apps action!!!!!!!! lol

  • Swould333

    Proof to the positive of Google being truely open source.. and not having a Jobsonian aproch to their market… Kudos to big G….

    • kellex

      Great way to look at it actually. I like your thinking.

    • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/PP2KC2NKYXJ5AUNAJWRZTBRPUA Matty G

      Excellent use of Jobsonian haha

  • briderx

    I just threw up a little..

    Think I can get Windows Mobile 7 on my Droid?

    • Lsalklaskd

      Please clean up your mess, and it's Windows Phone 7 :)

      • briderx

        Good point.. I wouldn't want my new OS tainted with that old name.. bleh..

        • http://thisisjohncoffey.com GRAND MASTER SEN$Ei {{-_-}}™

          Screw it…let's load iOS4 onto Droid X. {{x_X}}

          • Flyinion

            I hear A**le headquarters will explode if you do.

          • briderx

            Beat ya to it GMS.. My Droid1 is running iOS4. I mainly did it for the front facing camera feature. The droid1 has an amazing front facing camera. You just can't see it. But once you install the goodness of Apphole, it *MAGICALLY* becomes available.

    • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/II5KUXRH3PZ3IFVUWUVEU46WH4 Brandy

      yuck windows on my droid. wouldnt taint my poor baby with that rubish! lol rubish!
      off subject: way off : n e one heard a song called marijuana and jalapenos?

      • briderx

        No. But an even more off subject comment.. I am currently making a Grilled Stuffed Jalapeño holder right now on my router table (CNC)

        • briderx

          Even more random.. I work for a sign company.

          • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/II5KUXRH3PZ3IFVUWUVEU46WH4 Brandy

            lmao how many randoms you got. its a good song by the way.

  • Socalrailroader

    Just an FYI, this is currently only for Verizon phones, so if you have a non Verizon phone and search the market, you won't find it. I am sure somebody will extrack the Apk file soon though.

    • Socalrailroader

      Extract even :D

    • Jason

      I was able to install it on my AT&T Samsung Captivate. I used the MarketAccess app to change my “SIM numeric” code to 310004 (Verizon) and was able to download it straight from the Android Market. It installed fine.

  • Adrian

    Wow this is really good I'm impressed Microsoft. Thumbs up on this one.

    • http://twitter.com/UNZI24 Daniel W. Unzicker

      Whether it is good or not doesn’t matter

  • Russ

    Oh yeah, the first hit is always free!

  • antintyty

    screw bing!

  • Memphis

    does this have navigation? The only things I don't like about google nav is it doesn't display current speed or current speed limit. The second for novelty purposes only, of course.

    • antintyty

      speed limits are posted on signs on the side of the road, and the current speed in on your dash…

      • Bill

        whooooosh

      • Palmyra

        “posted on signs” — Not always true grasshopper. I travel a lot of back/country roads in volunteer work and you can go miles without seeing a speed sign. In a state like Ohio with ever county, city, and township being able to set speed limits you have no idea what the limit is.

        • Zeus

          The law states that the last speed limit sign you passed is the speed to maintain if you do not see one for a long distance.

          • Kgballa

            you try explaining that to barney fife

        • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/II5KUXRH3PZ3IFVUWUVEU46WH4 Brandy

          this is true especially here in Texas, i travel often on the weekends and yup sometimes i cant even tell what the speed limit is, im going too fast lol. how bout a radar so i can mount my droid and use navi and radar!

      • tommyz

        I took a trip out of the city this weekend. They are not always posted on country roads. I had it on my Garmin while in Europe and it was really nice knowing the speed limit of an unmarked road.

      • Memphis

        that’s why i said current speed limit is novelty, as for the speedo on my dash, it stops at 85, my Camaro stops at just shy of 140

    • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/PP2KC2NKYXJ5AUNAJWRZTBRPUA Matty G

      having the speed limit in front of me would take away from the joy I get from flying by them

  • RumbaCembe

    rumba cembe does not approve, no directions on how to get to the watering hole from the elephant hunting grounds

  • http://justinpaine.com xxdesmus

    I just Bing/Microsoft would add subway directions to their maps — that's all I need to switch from Google Maps.

  • http://twitter.com/TonyG916 Tony Garza

    tried it…like it. I searched “marissa miller” and the images are a bit slow to load for my liking. impressive app though.

  • kulz

    wat's next? sa*ari? ewwww xp

  • Kaufkin

    Hurmph. Microsoft. (2nd?)

    • Kaufkin

      on a more serious note, it has a LOT of things it looks at, permission wise… I know google has all sorts of info on me (do no evil?) and I mostly trust them. M$oft? erm.. yeah. right. I also have complete faith in them. no-install.

  • http://www.myspace.com/abrielband Tim-o-tato

    NOOOOO!!! :-P