Bing Maps turn-by-turn navigation released for Windows phones

Bing has released a big update for Windows 6.x phones, adding a new home page, Movies and Traffic.  The new app changes gives users faster access to common search, including the navigation of the app, allowing for easier access to the new and existing features.

In addition to the new UI and Movies, the Bing app can now be used as a turn-by-turn navigation, powered by Bing Maps.  Only a short list of Windows 6.x phones are supported, but those phones that are supported offers users a free GPS.

Sprint, T-Mobile and AT&T customers can take advantage of the voice turn-by-turn navigation, which gives the app a lifelike experience.  The Bing app will also give you navigation directions, allowing users to select the fastest or shortest route to your destination.  The app also includes an option to avoid traffic and/or tolls, when planning your route.

This is the list of supported Windows 6.x phones:

  • HTC Fuze
  • HTC Pure
  • HTC HD2
  • HTC Tilt 2
  • HTC Touch Diamond 2
  • HTC Touch HD
  • HTC Touch Pro
  • HTC Touch Pro 2
  • Motorola Q9c
  • Samsung Jack
  • Samsung Omnia II
  • Samsung Propel
  • T-Mobile Dash 3G

MobileTechWorldTV demonstrated in this YouTube video how the updated Bing app works:

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Google didn't invent turn-by-turn navigation and nobody's claiming that but Google did put it for free in all their user's phones for free first and did better than even the commercial vendors. From the screenshots I've seen of this, that attempt by Microsoft doesn't come close to Google Navigation. Don't see any integration features (for use in car, navigate to contact's address with 2 taps, etc).

Just downloaded the new office 2010 mobile, looks like they have completely ignored Outlook integraton into Bing, makes sense, not.

Still not perfect, but in general better than the previous version. I wish they left the local gas prices option somewhere, but I didn't see it on there. I just wish that it could go landscape for a better viewing experience.


I have the garmin mobile application also installed and in general, it is pretty good if you have the space and want to deal with periodic map updates but at least there's no data connection dependency.

Uh, I'm pretty sure Bing had turn-by-turn before? I haven't used a WinMo6 device in a while (last november?) but I definitely had Bing installed, and I actually used it because I *preferred* it over Google Maps due to having turn-by-turn. There was no talking, but it showed the map with the bottom row of the screen reading stuff like "Turn Left in ____" and the standard iconic arrow pointing whatever direction.

This might be a more feature complete version of that, but it was definitely there before. Heck, Google Maps for mobile didn't come even remotely close to Bing Maps. Stupid thing couldn't even detect that you had made a turn and move the displayed map for you.

mrmomoman said,
Now provide that for Android not like we need it with Google Maps but its nice to see what the other guy is giving

Doubt that'll happen. Google didn't share their love with WinMo or iPhone!! So now, Android has Turn-By-Turn, WinMo has Turn-By-Turn, and Nokia has Turn-By-Turn (Ovi maps I believe), and Pre has Turn-By-Turn (free through Sprint), only the iPhone is left out! Sucksss

i didn't see this coming. but what happened to the love four touch diamond? i dnt want to buy another phone till the "holiday seasons"! i'd have to hope xda folks do something about this tho.

Tola1005 said,
i didn't see this coming. but what happened to the love four touch diamond? i dnt want to buy another phone till the "holiday seasons"! i'd have to hope xda folks do something about this tho.

It works on mine

SQ1 said,

It works on mine

Yeah, I'm sure you can get past any of their "restrictions". Plus, if they did put any restrictions, it is usually packed inside the CAB, which you can edit, removing those restrictions

If they play their cards right they should be ok still. Many people would like something larger than a 3 inch screen or to have a permanent solution. Also they should be able to get units into commercial vehicles like trucks and cabs where the company won't necessarily want people using their own phone.

They should explore ways to make money while distributing their software for free but. Advertising via prominent placement on maps for businesses may be a way (ie Fast food joints could compete for prominent placement in search results)

Majesticmerc said,
I'd hate to have shares in TomTom or Garmin right now. *whistle... kaboom*

It shouldn't affect their shares because while the end result is the same, the way TomTom and Garmin achieve it is still better. You dont have to be connected to the internet with those devices to plot a new area. All the maps are already in the device. This phone gps devices rely on you having an internet connection. Was in Dallas a few weeks back with a friend and his verizon phone lost its 3g connection in the middle of the city. completely screwed up his directions when we hit a construction zone and had to find our way around it with no directions. verizon is very spotty in the southwest just like at&t is spotty up north. TomTom and Garmin don't have that issue.

SputnikGamer said,

It shouldn't affect their shares because while the end result is the same, the way TomTom and Garmin achieve it is still better. You dont have to be connected to the internet with those devices to plot a new area. All the maps are already in the device. This phone gps devices rely on you having an internet connection. Was in Dallas a few weeks back with a friend and his verizon phone lost its 3g connection in the middle of the city. completely screwed up his directions when we hit a construction zone and had to find our way around it with no directions. verizon is very spotty in the southwest just like at&t is spotty up north. TomTom and Garmin don't have that issue.

+1 not to mention that if you go abroad and need a gps, Google maps / Bing isn't going to be of much use unless you want to pay ridiculous roaming fees.

RuuddieBoy said,
How much data does this use on a 3G connection? Since I guess it doesn't have the maps locally?

My guess using the GPS as quoted so probably minimal/

Only a short list of Windows 6.x phones are supported, but those phones that are supported offers users a free GPS.

RuuddieBoy said,
How much data does this use on a 3G connection? Since I guess it doesn't have the maps locally?

If its anything like Google Maps navigation, not too much, but I wouldn't use it without an unlimited data plan just in case.

RuuddieBoy said,
How much data does this use on a 3G connection? Since I guess it doesn't have the maps locally?

Well I guess similar to google maps turn by turn. As a comparison, I was using my Nexus One for Navigation for around 4 hours in total yesterday and didn't rack up anywhere near a significant dent in my 1GB data usage plan (sorry I don't have exact figures, but I would say around 15-20MB for the day). Planning on running a few tests with it soon.