Bing releases iOS and Android games, but none for WP7…

Today Bing released three brand new games for mobile phones. The three new games including Snowboard Hero by Bing, Powerboat Challenge by Bing, and Holiday 100 by Bing.

The first of the three games, Snowboard Hero, which puts you up against a professional snowboarder, trying to prove your skills and talent on steep runs. Perform tricks and moves to beat out the competition. This game is available on iTunes and is for iOS 4.0+.

Download on iTunes here.

The second game, Powerboat Challenge, features a speed race through the waters, challenging you to collect objects all while trying to beat the competition. The game allows you to control your powerboat through tricky waters and power through different challenges. This game is available on iTunes and is for iOS 4.0+.

  

Download on iTunes here.

The last game, Holiday 100, brings all the classic holidays songs right to your device. Stream songs like Mariah Carey's “All I Want for Christmas is You” and 99 more. The application is only available on the Android marketplace till January 2, 2011.

Download on Android Marketplace here.

Strangely enough, these above games are only available for Apple's iOS 4.0+ and Google's Android mobile phones. None of the above games are available for Microsoft's Windows Phone 7.

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thope they release something fast, or .......ok i see both ios and android run on opengl 2.0 while wp7 run on dx9 so something will be realeased soon

These all look like bing 'sponsored' apps. Not apps developed by Microsoft's Bing/WP7 teams. So Bing is paying the developers of these apps to put a Brought to you by Bing message pretty much in/around the app I guess in an attempt to get more people aware of bing.

Different teams people??? Its maybe like amazon kindle. one team does the hard ware and the other team puts the amazon kindle app on ever device.

Pretty sure WP7 will be getting a lot more than a couple Bing games with the next couple updates, stuff in the pipeline gets released, otherwise you just wasted all the development money.

Bing didn't make these games, they're simply sponsoring them. There's a difference. They just threw money at developers and told them to brand Bing on them.

I don't know what the fuss is about... They are trying to promote Bing, why not use it on other more popular devices.... Let them be, they know what they are doing.
Who knows, maybe they put these games on this platforms and then they'll release an enhanced version for WP7...
Is all about marketing... IMO

Jose_49 said,
I don't know what the fuss is about... They are trying to promote Bing, why not use it on other more popular devices.... Let them be, they know what they are doing.
Who knows, maybe they put these games on this platforms and then they'll release an enhanced version for WP7...
Is all about marketing... IMO

Exactly. Bing is already built into Windows Phone 7 heavily. One press of the button and you are at Bing Search.

iOS on the other hand is a lot different. First of all you have to get users to change the default search provider on iOS then you have to get them to download the Bing app.

Charity begins at home ,MS ! .. how does Microsoft want to convince developers to build apps for their platform while they are ignoring it themselves ?

aljaradi said,
Charity begins at home ,MS ! .. how does Microsoft want to convince developers to build apps for their platform while they are ignoring it themselves ?

All you have to do is go to the Windows Phone Marketplace and see how many games is made by Microsoft.

On iOS in the UK we don't even have the Bing app yet, yet we get these stupid games grrr. And I can see their decision for no Windows Phone release, gotta follow the market share

thealexweb said,
On iOS in the UK we don't even have the Bing app yet, yet we get these stupid games grrr. And I can see their decision for no Windows Phone release, gotta follow the market share

I can't find Snowboard Hero on the App Store, Powerboard Challenge (Free and £2.99 versions) are there but there is no reference to Bing.

thealexweb said,
On iOS in the UK we don't even have the Bing app yet, yet we get these stupid games grrr. And I can see their decision for no Windows Phone release, gotta follow the market share

I can't find Snowboard Hero on the App Store, Powerboard Challenge (Free and £2.99 versions) are there but there is no reference to Bing.

I'm truly confused.

I'd expect these games to be Windows Phone 7 exclusives.

Guess Microsoft just loves to screw their own mobile platforms.

Atrokious said,
I'm truly confused.

I'd expect these games to be Windows Phone 7 exclusives.

Guess Microsoft just loves to screw their own mobile platforms.


Microsoft already release a ton of exclusive games for Windows Phone 7 so I don't know what you are confused about.

djdanster said,
wow, way to screw up your own user base

Makes sense to me. WP7 is in its infancy. So distribute the games to the bigger players then release it to your own userbase however, they should already be working on the WP7 versions.

NPGMBR said,

Makes sense to me. WP7 is in its infancy. So distribute the games to the bigger players then release it to your own userbase however, they should already be working on the WP7 versions.

I am a Windows Phone 7 user and I don't see the problem either. Obviously Windows Phone has much smaller marketshare than iOS and Android so it just makes sense to go for iOS and Android.

Anyway, these games arent made by Microsoft, Bing just sponsors them...

djdanster said,
wow, way to screw up your own user base

Considering that a quarter of the Xbox Live games on WP7 right now is made by Microsoft and is exclusive to Windows Phone 7, I don't see what the fuss is all about.

djdanster said,
wow, way to screw up your own user base

I can see why people would arrive at this conclusion; however, Microsoft is a fairly big company, and Bing is not a part of the WP7 division.

It might shock people, but Microsoft also has a whole division of Mac developers that only use OS X and only develop applications for OS X. Which is one reason Office for OS X is a good product that works like an OS X application should.

thenetavenger said,

I can see why people would arrive at this conclusion; however, Microsoft is a fairly big company, and Bing is not a part of the WP7 division.

It might shock people, but Microsoft also has a whole division of Mac developers that only use OS X and only develop applications for OS X. Which is one reason Office for OS X is a good product that works like an OS X application should.

Might also shock people that employees at Microsoft aren't forced into using Windows Phone, Bing, IE or Windows.

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