December 15, 2010 | by Andrew Kameka
Microsoft has released a slew of updates for Bing on the desktop and mobile platforms. The Android app is included among those updates thanks to a few new features made to Microsoft’s search application.
Bing now shows “What’s nearby” when you perform a search. Provided that the user has granted the app permission to view his or her location, Bing will show restaurants, entertainment venues, hotels, government or community centers, and transportation locations by category. It also supplies contact and map information for those locations.
Search has also been granted an upgrade as the homescreen widget can search apps or phone-stored information much like the Google Search widget. A search for “Android” will turn up contacts, apps, or files with that word, or you can perform a traditional web search. Bing also taps into third party apps via the Android “Share” function, or use OpenTable and GrubHub to make reservations without leaving the app.
Search the Android Market for “Bing” and it will appear