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Dec
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Say what you will about Microsoft, but they've never let a little thing like a platform war get in the way of profits. The Bing search app for Android has been around for years, long enough for it to accrue more than a million downloads, and today it gets an update to bring it in line with the fancy pants brand re-launch - note the swanky logo.

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On Android Bing isn't really a search app, it's more like a beachhead for a handful of Microsoft web properties. You've got the main Bing search with an integrated browser, Microsoft's Bing Maps, and Weather. Well, sort of - both launch in the integrated browser that apes Internet Explorer Mobile, and they let you flail around on the HTML versions of those services. Bing also includes connections to Facebook for syncing passwords and screenshots in the integrated browser and a Facebook sign-in for sharing stuff. The app does its best Google Now impression with a voice search function. and a homescreen widget.

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The new interface is generally reminiscent of the Metro interface on Windows Phone and Windows 8, like a lot of Microsoft's recent Android apps. It includes a pretty spiffy home page with some fantastic shifting photography (which, incidentally, makes Bing a pretty good web homepage too). Users can see photo information and annotations Flickr-style or set them as launcher wallpaper. Neat.

Bing is a free download for Android 2.2 or higher.

Jeremiah Rice
Jeremiah is a US-based blogger who bought a Nexus One the day it came out and never looked back. In his spare time he watches Star Trek, cooks eggs, and completely fails to write novels.
  • zach voss

    They should make a Bing Launcher

    • http://www.Nave360.com Sebastian Gorgon

      Don't give them ideas!

    • Michael

      I think you mean Bing Experience Launcher (BEL)

  • http://www.Nave360.com Sebastian Gorgon

    Hmm, i installed it thinking it would act like a live wallpaper changing my wallpaper to the image of the day everyday automatically (there are 3rd party apps but they are just awful and images are just poor quality)

  • http://www.williamint.com William Aleman

    We just need Internet Explorer Android Edition on the Play Store.

    • mustbepbs

      I'd actually really like that. IE11 on Windows 8 tablets is so freakin nice. It's buttery smooth, the gestures are really awesome, and it's really stable. Plus, it's IE so it's compatible with just about everything.

      Once Microsoft gets a hold of their app store and more people flock to it, I'll get a Windows 8 tab.

      • http://www.stevenmattera.com Steven Mattera

        "Plus, it's IE so it's compatible with just about everything."

        As a web programmer this comment fills me with uncontrollable rage.

        • mustbepbs

          I'm just speaking from experience. Whenever I've had issues with websites or scripts on other browsers, IE has worked.

          • Someguy

            That is because for years devs had specially cater (*ahem* break things) to IE in order to get things to display right.

          • Sir_Brizz

            That's funny, whenever I've had issues with websites or scripts I've been using IE.

      • Adrian Meredith

        what the HELL have you been smoking! i want some....

      • SickoPsycho

        I don't always use Internet Explorer... but when I do... It crashes.

    • abobobilly

      When I read that, my brain screamed "NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO"

  • Chaosprower

    I don't know why it's U.S. only. The webpage and the Bing apps for Windows 8.1 are available globally.

    • Roh_Mish

      Working for me in India. So not US only

      • Chaosprower

        Google Play doesn't let me download it from Spain. Maybe it's only available in countries with English as an official language.

        • Roh_Mish

          English is not the widely used official language in India.

  • http://twitter.com/geoff5093 Geoff Johnson

    I wonder if you get points for doing searches using this app

  • notatroll

    MS have always been good with design, look at W8 and WP apps ;)

    • fsdgasdg

      maybe its just me but i think wp8 is ugly as hell

      • Michael

        You missed his winky face.

    • abobobilly

      You know you should give a better indication of your "intended sarcasm" ... even when it wasn't intended ..... " ;) "

  • http://www.twitter.com/ninjustin ninjustin

    So it's essentially a good looking Microsoft Bing Web Browser? I'll give them points it looks alright and they didn't call it Internet Explorer.

  • http://about.me/chrisfink Chris Fink

    lmao! love how they took the Google Drive icon, turned it sideways, made it look drunk, changed the color, & made that the new Bing icon. #smfh

    • Ibrahim Yusuf

      I think it's a lower case b

      • Tomáš Petrík

        Or the Drive icon.

  • Ivan

    I don't get Squares on the first page (wallpaper).. What they do? And when I press Weather, it shows me search results? I don't get this app..:-)

    • sri_tech

      If you tap on those squares you will get info related to that background image.

  • anzensepp1987

    APK please! Want to see how it handles Bing image-search.

  • Jim

    Bing app won't let you log on with your Microsoft Account? Not Good.

    • Guest

      Seriously? Forcing people to use Facebook rather than log in with their own MIcrosoft/Bing account is ridiculous.

  • Stefan Constantinescu

    While I can't stand using a Windows Phone, I loved the daily new wallpaper feature courtesy of Bing. Wish Microsoft would be nice enough to bring that to Android, but we know that'll never happen.

  • Michael Fontenot

    Does anyone what see Abstergo in that icon?

    • abobobilly

      Been seeing it since AGES now ... literally.

  • duncanator

    Thing I like the most about my old windows phone was how it had the lock screen wallpaper as the bing image of the day. I wish they would have that for android. Not the main background, just the lock screen.

  • Guest

    Wait a minute... There are people who use Bing?

    • Matt Dowdy

      Yeah his/her name is siri lmao
      "I'm sorry I'm not sure what you said there"

  • http://ignaciozippy.com/ Ignacio Zippy

    So, now it’s time for Google to respond with some nice Windows Phone 8 apps… oh well

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