Get Microsfot's Bing service on your mobile and access maps, directions and location-aware information on nearby businesses and services.
by on March 14, 2010
Microsoft certainly has the know-how to put together a class-leading search engine but does it have the savvy to do it in an accessible and attractive manner? At first glance the answer is no. The Bing app goes to show everything that’s been wrong with its approach to mobile with an ugly interface and awkward navigation.
If you can get past the 90’s-style presentation then you might actually be impressed by the search results it provides.
Quick and easy to look up, turn-by-turn directions are at its heart and the Bing map system is effortlessly rendered on your phone. Though it may lack public transport or walking options, it’s easy to step through and follow.
Its other main feature is looking up location-aware information. This can be either directly via the search or through a category listing. The sprawling result can be viewed as a pointless text list or more usefully on the map. You’re then able to get directions to the result or if a number is available ring them, though no web links seemed to be on offer.
The basic service is good but it’ll require a lot of polish before it can be recommended.
Buy this app: Download the Bing app now
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