Bing app update released, still not available outside the U.S.

Bing has released an update for the Bing app on the iPhone, bringing some fixes and new features. This is the first update for the Bing app, since its release back in December

Unfortunately, users outside the U.S. are still restricted from downloading the app. However, Bing told Neowin that they are “making sure our mobile local search experience is awesome before we release,” so every features may not be compatible with every country just yet.

The Bing team posted an announcement celebrating their first update to the app, saying they have listened to the feedback from the first initial release and have greatly improved this version. They mentioned there is a number of stability fixes and usability tweaks in this release, providing users with greater reliability.

Some of the new features include:

  • Bookmarks and improved web browsing - Users can now save bookmarks for maps, directions, web sites, businesses, search terms, and weather reports. Users can even get bookmarks directly from the homepage.
  • Sharing - Results can be shared with friends and family by emailing them directly.
  • Copy and Paste URLs - Users will be able to copy and paste search result URLs, for easy sharing.
  • Search filter parental controls - Parents can set a passcode within the application, so the search result filter can not be changed.
  • History and Private browsing - You can now either save your search history or keep it private, with an improved search history within the application.
  • Local Search Settings - Find exactly what you want around you, or in another area, with explicit location search.
  • Improved contact integration - The Bing app will autosuggest contacts for you when using the directions feature, selecting friends within the area.
  • First gen iPod touch support - Bing now works on the first generation iPod touch!

Download the Bing 1.1.0.0 app through iTunes (U.S. residents only).

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Can Karadayı said,
For people outside of US, you can easily buy an account through proper sites. Those chinese guys are working hard you know.
why would anyone buy an itunes account?

It works well in the UK, I don't get why they just don't release it. Been excellent so far, easily as good as the google app and the built in map app.

it's problem with bing by normal round the world a lot still is outside US it's just another half ass search engine with minimal features and no reason to use it over google and more not to. bing.co.nz is pretty much that.

Copy paste and emailing of URL just made this app much more useful to me! Thanks MS! Terrific search app! The direction feature is really nice. I like that you can bookmark those now.

Shadrack said,
Copy paste and emailing of URL just made this app much more useful to me! Thanks MS! Terrific search app! The direction feature is really nice. I like that you can bookmark those now.

Microsoft said nobody is using / needs copy & paste, so why include it in the new Bing app ?

ilev said,

Microsoft said nobody is using / needs copy & paste, so why include it in the new Bing app ?

Yeah, and why are they implementing C&P on Windows anyway ? Man, they said it wasn't critical on 7Series because the user can achieve the same result using the smart sharing functionnality built-in.

ilev said,

Microsoft said nobody is using / needs copy & paste, so why include it in the new Bing app ?

hahaha! I didn't think about that. The problem I had with the Bing app before was all the results from it were stuck in the app. If I went to safari or even my desktop computer I had to re-input my search criteria.

Sucks about being US-only (even Canada?), but between the sketchy grammar of the article and the dated 90's slur of the first comment, I just can't seem to get worked up.

ThoriumKnight said,
Still not available outside the US? come on M{0}#33;

It's not only for this application. We are still waiting 'till bing (search engine) goes out of beta in Belgium. Now we have to change our location every time to the US so that we could see the menu or use some features...