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Bing for mobile application on Windows Phone 7
|Stable release||5.1.2010.5040 / November 5, 2010|
|Operating system||Windows Phone, Windows Mobile, BlackBerry OS, iOS, BREW, Android, T-Mobile Sidekick, Series 30+, Series 40, Nokia Asha platform|
|Type||Web search engine, map application|
Bing for mobile (formerly Live Search Mobile) is a search tool for handheld mobile devices from Microsoft as part of their Bing search engine. It is designed for mobile device displays. Bing Mobile is built into Windows Mobile and Windows Phone as proprietary software, accessed via the Search key on Windows Phone 7 and Windows Phone 8 devices. It is also available on Windows Phone 8.1 (and integrated with Microsoft Cortana where available), and can be downloaded for other platforms, including iOS and Android.
There are three ways Bing can be accessed on mobile devices:
- Mobile browsing: m.bing.com
- Bing mobile application
- Bing 411
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Bing for mobile browser - m.bing.com
Mobile browsing allows users to access Bing on their mobile devices through WAP or GPRS connection. The interface is optimized for viewing on mobile handsets. Users can:
- Search the web for information
- Get news information
- Find local businesses in the user's local area
- Get maps and driving directions
- Get answers to questions
- In the UK and in Japan - "Find My Location" to pinpoint a user's location
In the U.S. on HTML-ready mobile devices such as iPhone, Android, and touch-screen Windows phones, further features are available:
- Automatic location detection (geolocation)
- Suggested local listings based on location and time of day
- Save listings to Favorites, and send that list to friends
- Movie listings with clips and trailers
- Sports scores and stats, with real-time updates during games
The Bing for mobile browser is available in 31 markets worldwide.
Bing for mobile application
The Mobile Application is available as a Java ME application for non-Windows phones, as a richer .NET Framework application for Windows Phones, and as an application for BlackBerry OS, Android, iOS, and Binary Runtime Environment for Wireless (BREW). It provides local listings, maps (road and aerial satellite), driving directions, and traffic conditions. Other features include:
- Predictive text input
- Browse and search through business categories
- Image search and image exploration
- Speech recognition search input
- Search results include a phone number and address; users may click to call for an immediate connection
- Send search results to others using SMS
- Find maps for specific addresses
- Get directions to and from a destination
- Get turn by turn directions using a GPS receiver
- View traffic information for major roads in selected cities
- Get weather forecasts
- View movie showtimes and theaters
- Turn-by-turn navigation for Windows 6.x phones.
- For Android it includes a built-in browser
- Bing Rewards
- The ability to set the device's lock screen based on Bing's daily images.
The Bing app for iOS (iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad) includes these further features:
- Barcode and cover art scanning
- Enhanced product listings
- Social updates from Facebook and Twitter
- Social search - see results from social network alongside web results
- Share search results on Facebook, Twitter, or through email
- Weather - get information about local and international weather
- Trending - see what news is trending in the world
- Image Match - upload an image and get results for similar looking images
The Bing app is available in the U.S. on a variety of Windows phones, Android platform devices, all BlackBerry devices, several BREW devices, iPhone and iPod Touch, and Sidekick devices.
In the United States, Microsoft operated a toll-free number (1-800-BING-411 or 1-800-CALL-411) for directory assistance called Bing 411. This service was identical, except for the opening message, with the voice search service powered by Tellme on 1-800-555-TELL. Users were able to find local shops and restaurants and obtain driving directions, traffic reports, sports scores, stock quotes, news, and weather reports through this service. Service on 1-800-BING-411 and 1-800-555-TELL was discontinued on July 1, 2012. The 1-800-CALL-411 number was discontinued a few months later.
As a replacement for Bing 411, Tellme Networks, offering similar services, has set up a non-toll-free number at 408-752-8052.
- Viswav, Pradeep (18 October 2014). "Microsoft Releases Updated Bing App For iPhone And iPad". Microsoft-News.