Bing's massive cellular search replace involves Android

Bing's big mobile search update comes to Android

Final fall, Microsoft rolled out a serious replace to its Bing app for the iPhone. The large change was the belief that looking on a smartphone often means you need speedy solutions to questions when you’re out and about, so Bing put all the info from its Information and Motion Graph proper up entrance. In our testing, it felt like a superior search expertise and one thing comparable with what Google’s doing with its personal cellular app. Now, Microsoft has pushed that new expertise to Android telephones with the brand new Bing app that simply hit Google Play. Whether or not or not you will need to change it up from the default Google search expertise stays to be seen, nevertheless it’s an app that is no less than value looking at.

The app is actually similar to its iPhone counterpart: it understands pure language queries like “what’s the inhabitants of New York Metropolis?” and provides you a solution with out you having to dig via an inventory of hyperlinks. Looking for a metropolis brings up native information, journey ideas, close by information, and an inventory of apps that allows you to carry out actions you may be concerned about taking (like reserving a lodge via Expedia or Inns.com). Voice search is true up entrance, and there is loads of one-contact entry to native factors of curiosity round you want eating places, films and numerous issues to do.

It stays a really strong search expertise, and Microsoft rolled out a number of new options immediately that weren’t current within the earlier iPhone app. Once you faucet the “fuel stations” button within the “close to me” part of the app, you will see fuel worth knowledge from GasBuddy. As soon as you discover the most cost effective native choice, you possibly can simply faucet and get instructions in Google Maps (or in Apple Maps on the iPhone).

Microsoft additionally added a bar code scanner so you are able to do on-the-spot comparability purchasing to see if you will discover an merchandise cheaper on-line, one thing positive to infuriate native retailers who catch you doing it. On the iPhone 6s or 6s Plus, you’ll be able to entry the barcode scanner by way of 3D contact on the house display icon; an extended press on the large search icon contained in the Bing app will get you there on Android, and older iPhone customers will discover it beneath the brand new “offers” menu.

Talking of the offers part, you’ll be able to go there to seek out… properly, offers for shops close to you. Your telephone will use your present location to seek out retailers which might be within the space and pull up any methods so that you can get monetary savings proper there. For iPhone customers, none of at this time’s modifications are all that radical, however it’s a completely new and improved expertise when you’re on Android. If you wish to give it a shot, the replace is obtainable for each platforms now.

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