Microsoft revealed an updated Bing Mobile Browse on Wednesday.
Bing’s web mobile edition (m.bing.com) has been updated to focus on Facebook sharing and other social aspects. The web browse edition has been updated to include better access to news, local listings, directions, past searches and trending topics.
- Share on Facebook – Bing users can now share images, local business details and iOS applications with their Facebook friends. Bing users can like what they find interesting on the go, sharing it with their Facebook friends.
- News – Bing has added a carousel that lets you switch between the headlines or scroll down to see the top three headlines and images for various categories. The primary categories are local, world, entertainment, science/tech, business, politics, sports and health. This feature is U.S. only.
- Maps improvements – Bing has also updated the mobile browse map view. You can now get both the map view and the list in a single view. Bing users can now see a business listing with its directions on a map above.
- Search history and trending topics – Bing now shows your search history with a tap of a button. Bing browse users can simply pull up old queries, bookmarked automagically. Tending topics has also been included with the update, highlighting the most popular searches on Bing. This feature is U.S. only.
Bing’s latest updates are only available on devices that include HTML5 browsers. iPhone, Android and BlackBerry devices will be able to access the features but Windows Phone 7 users will be out in the cold until Mango ships later this year. Microsoft also revealed that it has launched Bing for Mobile browse in the UK on Wednesday. “Customers in the UK will see: a redesigned homepage, enhanced local listings, autosuggest, image search, and driving and walking directions (and real-time transit in London),” said Microsoft’s Bing for Mobile director Andy Chu.