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Mar
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There are multiple ways to go after users. One way is to come up with a catchy word (Scroogled), slur a competitor with it (Google), sell some shirts, and hope it sticks. An alternative approach is to introduce functionality that could potentially draw their interest. The latest Bing for Android update does just that. Now Bing supports downloading images found in search results, a feature Google previously introduced into its own search app only to remove it later.

To save a picture, just hold down on it and wait for the confirmation dialogue to pop up. Bing will then save it to your gallery.

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What's New:

  • Long press on an image, save it to your Gallery
  • Other bug fixes and UI improvements

Do you hear that, Google? That's the sound of the bar being raised.

Bertel King, Jr.
Born and raised in the rural South, Bertel knows what it's like to live without 4G LTE - or 3G, for that matter. The only things he likes sweeter than his tea are his gadgets, and while few objects burn more than a metal phone on a summer day, he prefers them that way anyway.

  • gumbald

    I guess it wasn't removed due to complexity, but baffled as to what other reason there was - when you can just open the browser, type the same search term and then be able to save the image...

    • SSDROiD

      Copyright reasons? Google Search (the app) may not contractually be allowed to let you save images, but nobody thought about restricting Google Chrome with the same limitation? This is just a thought.

      • andy_o

        You have to be "contractually allowed" for your app to be able to save images from the Internet? I don't think so. They probably just did it voluntarily.

        • SSDROiD

          If you own a website, you'll want Google to index it. However, that doesn't remove the fact that any images by you are still yours. Not all website owners want their users/visitors being able to download images without their consent. You can't download Instagram pictures from their website without finding the image through the website codes, for example, at least that's how it was when I last downloaded an image there.

      • darkdude1

        "but nobody thought about restricting Google Chrome with the same limitation" How would you even do that? It's like people who tried to implement Javascript based copy detectors, just turn off JS and you've bypassed it.

  • jpelgrom

    If only Bing wasn't that bad outside the US...

    • TheSparks

      I'm pretty sure it's as bad inside US.

      • andy_o

        Bing was pretty awesome when it had cash rewards. Now it's not as good, but it's OK, I just found out you can gain credits to exchange for stuff like Skype credit and other things. Even if you don't use Skype credit, it's a good thing to have even a few cents there, it will rid you of ads in the mobile app. Otherwise to get rid of ads, the minimum you have to spend is $10.

  • http://kennydude.me/ Joe Simpson

    Yay, QuickPic spotted! Love that app

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      Don't leave home without it.

  • http://silverfang77.tumblr.com/ Silver Fang

    It was probably removed in the name of copyright.

  • Paul_Werner

    If only they'd add back the search by image that they used to have in Google Now / Google Search

  • Brad

    Well here's the thing... if it actually returned relevant results...............

  • Gabriel

    Hopefully Google bring back this feature, along with the ability to filter search results by selecting Places

  • supremekizzle

    I can do that in chrome. BTW, what is the point, or difference, of the search app when compared to chrome?

    • Peter Harjes

      For me, when looking at pictures in Search, it's smoother swiping from pic to pic than it is in Chrome. And it's a little easier for me when using a Nexus 5 and bringing it all up using voice control. That being said, it's just a feature that would be nice with Search, but not one that is absolutely needed.

    • turdbogls

      maybe it is just convenience....I'm not sure...I can't tell you how many times i used google search to search for an image, to realize i can't save it, to then do the same search in chrome...lol. its annoying that they took it away.

      • NinoBr0wn

        Very annoying and confusing.

      • http://www.google.com/profiles/MetalMessiah78 José Gómez

        It's SUPER annoying! I used to do that all the time. I hardly use search on my phone because of that and just search on Chrome instead.

  • Proioxix

    I rarely save images from Google, so it's not a feature I miss. If I need to save one, I just use Chrome on my Nexus 5 to search for an image, hold down on it, get the pop up and save it. This is not going to make me leave Google search for Bing.

  • supremekizzle

    Yo, androidpolice.com, what the fuck is up with those stupid ass hover to play ads on the mobile site? I can't even scroll down the page without activating them.

  • Christopher Bement

    Still not using it.

  • http://www.twitter.com/italofigueired Italo Figueiredo

    Why Bing app is not available in my country (Brasil)?

    • Robb Nunya

      You can do better. Boa Tarde!

  • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

    /implying that someone uses bing

  • oneyedmonkey

    Sweet can't wait to use it, I love bing so much
    -Said no one ever

    • Robb Nunya

      You lie! Bill Gates has said that exactly twice.

      Of course he was drunk both times...

  • Matthew Fry

    Hmmm... this could be a thing. Microsoft does everything that Google stops doing...

    Next, make Microsoft Reader, an identical clone of Google Reader.

    • ddh819

      agreed. outlook even has rss capabilities built in

  • Chaosprower

    I wonder why the Android app is not available in Spain. and the mobile web version doesn't even show me an option to log-in either from my location. I am so spoiled with Google syncing my search history and favourite sites across desktop and mobile that Bing looks primitive in comparison.

    • Robb Nunya

      Microsoft hates Spain.

      Please remember this when sending out invitations for paella, and send me theirs.

      Edit: Or Tortilla Espanol.... or croquettas.... or even the squid in it's own ink. That stuff's better than I thought it would be. :D

      Damn... now I want Tapas & Paella! Aioli anyone???

  • http://www.emuparadise.me/roms-isos-games.php Apple is a patent troll

    People use bing?

    • Robb Nunya

      It has an Android app?

  • http://blog.tonysarju.com/ Infowerx Solutions

    Ugh, Google removing the ability to save images from Google search when initiated from my home screen really gets me everytime. I always use the quick search bar on my home screen to do an image search only to be foiled every single time when I try to save. Then I have to open up Chrome, and perform the same search again.

    What reason did Google have to remove this basic functionality?

  • http://ionintel.blogspot.com/ Aerosheet

    Bing will still remain irrelevant. I can't trust them after making that Scroogled campaign...