Microsoft updates Bing app for Android with new UI and more

In October, Microsoft launched a new version of its Bing app for iOS devices with an updated UI that mirrored that of Apple's revamped interface for iOS 7. Today, Microsoft released a new version of its Bing app for Android device and it also gets a interface makeover.

The app, which can be downloaded now on Google Play, definitely has a "Modern" look as it has adopted much of the interface design that Microsoft has been using for the past couple of years. One of the big changes is that the daily image seen on the Bing.com website not only is mirrored on the Android starting page but users can now set the daily image up to be their default wallpaper for their device. The front page also contains specific points to view more information about the photo in question, again just like the Bing.com site.

Microsoft says in the change notes that the Android Bing app also has "many new features" but doesn't go into specifics. However, the UI revamp and the daily front image additions should be more than enough of a reason to download the new version if you have used older builds of the Android app.

Source: Google Play via WinBeta | Image via Microsoft

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The post is "Microsoft updates Bing App for Android" and all I read is "Microsoft sucks because its not released in my country." Does $732 million mean anything to you? Let logistics and legal stuff get sorted out for a few weeks. Then yell.

I do because It has proven to be better in many searches I do on daily basis. on the worse side its equally good. plus I get perks with bing reward points too.

Well, I use bing because I think it's simply a better search engine (for the most part). Also Bing rewards is quite nifty, earning $5 a month on Amazon or paying for Skype monthly

Exynos said,
Question is, who would use Bing over Google?

I use bing first, but usually end up going over to Google to find what I want if its anything other then a search result that can be used to sell me something.

I switched to bing 2 years ago. never looked back. Only thing I use google services is their street view, which is becoming irrelevant now that bing is catching up to it.

And of course it's not available in Belgium (and I guess anywhere outside the US).

I can't believe Microsoft really thinks they're going to get any market share worth having if they only offer their 'better' services in the US. Whether it's Xbox, Bing or Windows Store features. Ugh.

Ambroos said,
And of course it's not available in Belgium (and I guess anywhere outside the US).

I can't believe Microsoft really thinks they're going to get any market share worth having if they only offer their 'better' services in the US. Whether it's Xbox, Bing or Windows Store features. Ugh.

They only seem to bring things to Europe if they're a success in USA first.

Microsoft does not release one app for a Google phone in one country, it is a horrible thing showing how MS does not care for their users.

When Google does not release any of their apps for a Microsoft phone in all countries it is Google's right and don't even think of using Google's service to write your own or you deserve the full force of Google's legal team.

The difference is, Google isn't trying to win over users, they're simply keeping a very small few happy.

Microsoft on the other hand, needs to not only keep a very large amount of people happy in order to even entice them to switch, but they need to provide a better service... and the latter comes when it's transparent as Google's service across all platforms and products.

Microsoft is still stuck in the past before apps became a thing, for goodness sake Microsoft don't even share a common eco system across their OWN product line yet, lol.

What's that expression... P**sing in the wind?

Ambroos said,
And of course it's not available in Belgium (and I guess anywhere outside the US).

I can't believe Microsoft really thinks they're going to get any market share worth having if they only offer their 'better' services in the US. Whether it's Xbox, Bing or Windows Store features. Ugh.

So should an app not be available for anyone until it's available for everyone? Should phased roll-outs be rejected as bad business? Should we ignore all the lessons of agile software development and instead keep software in-house, away from preliminary real-use feedback that can benefit development going forward, and instead just make assumptions through market research whether users would want features or not?

When people complain about the lack of globally ubiquitous day-one functionality, all I hear is "I KNOW NOTHING ABOUT GLOBALIZATION. I KNOW NOTHING ABOUT LOCALIZATION. MY PERSPECTIVE IS SELF-CENTERED AND ABSOLUTE."

sagum said,
The difference is, Google isn't trying to win over users, they're simply keeping a very small few happy.

Because Google doesn't care about making more money or getting that last one person's information that they can use to market? They went from house to house scraping data from WiFi signals. If they went through the work of doing that, writing an app and putting it on the WP store would be much, much easier.

Google is putting out products, new products, that does not have a common ecosystem - Android and ChromeOS. Apple has iOS and OSX that do not share a common ecosystem. Microsoft has an ecosystem that they are trying to bring together, Windows and WP, and there is a small group of people yelling and screaming about being forced into Metro.

Alright alright. First let me say this:

Google services actually work well on pretty much all platforms. Even if they don't always provide apps the core Google services either work with the default apps or there's a decent web UI. Windows Phone is an exception since it a small market with a different vision and Google just doesn't really care.

@Joshie. I'm a software developer, I know what agile development is and I know how hard localization is. But when Google and Apple manage to launch new services globally at a really high speed I wonder why Microsoft can't. Ever. They take years and years to bring services to other countries. Bing in Belgium is atrocious and still as low quality as Windows Live Search was. The whole Xbox/Zune services things? Music and Movies again both took years to launch.

I used to be a big fan of Microsoft, but they are just too US-focused. It's much better for business to work on products that can be used globally with less effort than to start with very US-specific stuff, spend a huge amount of money on it and then take years to bring it to other countries. It annoys users and makes customers lose faith in the company. Why would I buy or use Microsoft services if I can hardly ever make use of the new things they introduce.

Ambroos said,
Alright alright. First let me say this:

Google services actually work well on pretty much all platforms. Even if they don't always provide apps the core Google services either work with the default apps or there's a decent web UI. Windows Phone is an exception since it a small market with a different vision and Google just doesn't really care.

@Joshie. I'm a software developer, I know what agile development is and I know how hard localization is. But when Google and Apple manage to launch new services globally at a really high speed I wonder why Microsoft can't. Ever. They take years and years to bring services to other countries. Bing in Belgium is atrocious and still as low quality as Windows Live Search was. The whole Xbox/Zune services things? Music and Movies again both took years to launch.

I used to be a big fan of Microsoft, but they are just too US-focused. It's much better for business to work on products that can be used globally with less effort than to start with very US-specific stuff, spend a huge amount of money on it and then take years to bring it to other countries. It annoys users and makes customers lose faith in the company. Why would I buy or use Microsoft services if I can hardly ever make use of the new things they introduce.

If you are complaining about the lack of or delayed Zune, Music, Movies features in Belgium, then Joshie is right, you don't know your own laws and regulations.

You also don't understand the business of licensing and content restrictions.

For example...
It wasn't that long ago that in Belgium Movie releases were delayed by six months or more after they released in the US. Even TV Series were broadcast a full Season/Year behind the broadcast date in the US. Do you realize just how crazy these restrictions were when implementing an online Music/Movie rental/purchase system? (This is still true for a lot of content distributing in Belgium.)

People like yourself have to STOP blaming Microsoft for US only release schedules or a lack of features in their country. Microsoft doesn't hate your country, in fact they like making money from everyone.