Bing features for Windows Phone 8 explained

As part of its Windows Phone 8 festivities on Monday, Microsoft got its Bing division to talk about the new features it is adding to the mobile operating system.

In a post on the Bing blog, Microsoft says that Bing has added to Windows Phone 8 a feature called For You, which gives users recommendations for music, videos, restaurants and more " ... based on a person’s location, previous searches and recommendations from their Facebook friends."

Windows Phone 8 will allow users to download the daily Bing front page image and turn it into the user's lock screen every day. They can also swipe the Bing home page to show "... content relevant to you, including trending stories, local deals and more."

Bing Music can listen to a song track and then tell the user the song's name, artist, and album, along with where a person can buy the tune. Finally there's Bing Vision, which ties into a person's smartphone camera. Microsoft says:

Bing will recognize text and present the option to select words for a search, and instantly return product results if the object has a barcode. Bing Vision can also detect product information from UPC codes, QR Codes and Microsoft Tag, as well as cover art for books, CDs, DVDs and video games. When traveling, people can also scan text with Bing Vision to copy or translate it.

Source: Bing blog | Image via Microsoft

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M_Lyons10 said,
It's nice to see all of the Microsoft divisions working together.

Yeah, often in history the divisions among each other competed more then MS with its competitors

The inability to get rid of Bing and select Google as my default search engine has to be one of the biggest annoyances I have with my Lumia 900.

.Neo said,
The inability to get rid of Bing and select Google as my default search engine has to be one of the biggest annoyances I have with my Lumia 900.

I don't know why... Bing is a great search engine... Can you switch from Google services on Android?

M_Lyons10 said,

I don't know why... Bing is a great search engine... Can you switch from Google services on Android?


Bing is absolute horrid outside the US, UK and Canada. Although its slowly getting better. Google is still allot better then Bing in most parts of the world.
And yes you can change the Android's default search engine.

Shadowzz said,

Bing is absolute horrid outside the US, UK and Canada. Although its slowly getting better. Google is still allot better then Bing in most parts of the world.
And yes you can change the Android's default search engine.

I really want the search button improved. For 1, it lags whenever pressed to actually launch Bing, and 2 I'd like a long press functionality. Either long press to search Bing with a regular tap to context search, or a universal search with a long press.

Shadowzz said,

Bing is absolute horrid outside the US, UK and Canada. Although its slowly getting better. Google is still allot better then Bing in most parts of the world.
And yes you can change the Android's default search engine.

Where are you located? Bing's pretty awesome in Australia too. Always impresses when I'm searching for a small restaurant and it finds it with all the relevant information.

I'd like to see how these compare with similar apps already on the market (e.g. Shazam, Google Goggles). My guess is that they'll be a lot nicer to look at but maybe not as functional.

drazgoosh said,
I'd like to see how these compare with similar apps already on the market (e.g. Shazam, Google Goggles). My guess is that they'll be a lot nicer to look at but maybe not as functional.

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drazgoosh said,
I'd like to see how these compare with similar apps already on the market (e.g. Shazam, Google Goggles). My guess is that they'll be a lot nicer to look at but maybe not as functional.

They've been around since Mango. Bing vision does more than google goggles and Bing music is quicker to access than shazaam or sound hound, and is completely free.

onedrummer2401 said,

They've been around since Mango. Bing vision does more than google goggles and Bing music is quicker to access than shazaam or sound hound, and is completely free.

This.

Loved it since the Mango update and works flawlessly in Australia. I lol at noob iPhone owners that are out with me that have to search for and open an app to search the QR code when I just hit the search button and the Vision link.

I hope they make all those amazing functions they promised us for mango will work outside the US for the new phones. It's really dissapointing to miss all these great things.

Peter van Dam said,
I hope they make all those amazing functions they promised us for mango will work outside the US for the new phones. It's really dissapointing to miss all these great things.

yup, if MS wants to be taken seriously the geoblock policy must die fast... with Windows 8 and all the big fuss around the ecosystem this is a musthave so it's not just about WP or Xbox Live any more

flexkeyboard said,
it's been around since mango, so nothing new got updated really

There's a video guide out there, the new Bing experience is more rich compared to it in 7.5. WPCentral has vids up, you'd have to see it to get a good idea of the changes.