Bing Mobile updated for HTML5 browsers, UK edition launched

By Tom Warren, on 8th Jun 11 8:45 pm with 11 Comments

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 Mobile Browse updates

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.

  • http://unhub.com/eingoluq Eingoluq

    Finally!.. soon the full sit?
    This is a taste of the new Microsoft

  • Kamece Anthony

    i wish windows phone had html5 :(

    • Anonymous

      patience young grasshopper

    • Anonymous

      IE9 is functionally complete and has HTML5. Developers will have it soon and we will all get our upgrades this fall. 

    • Anonymous

      IE9 is functionally complete and has HTML5. Developers will have it soon and we will all get our upgrades this fall. 

  • Kamece Anthony

    i wish windows phone had html5 :(

  • Anonymous

    This is the downside to having Bing built into the OS and it’s not the first time that Microsoft’s own phones will be the very last of all phones on the market to receive it. Somehow the Bing crew needs to be able to update their phones at the same time, even if that means a sub-section of the Windows Phone coders have to become an intregal part of the Bing crew to make it happen. This is really starting to get ridiculous and is becoming a selling point for other OS’s, literally!

    • http://www.twitter.com/wixostrix WixosTrix

      Bing is an already maturing brand while Windows Phone 7 is still in it’s early stages of maturity.  Many of these Bing products popping probably have been on their road map since before WP7 was released.  Once WP7 hit some maturity, Mango, we should start seeing these things happen on WP7 along side with other platforms, if not first.  Something like this is also just a simple site update, which WP7 wouldn’t currently be able to utilize because of the lack of HTML5 in the IE7/8 browser, again something being addressed in Mango.  Just be patient, Microsoft is a software company to begin with.  Not everything is going to be exclusive to their own products. 

    • Tim

      Thats all true but it’s still disapointing to see WP7 fall behind the other phones with Microsofts own products. For instance when WP7 came out one of the best features was One Note, but within a few months iOS gained a One Note app from MS that is far better. Don’t really understand the technical limitations that could have caused this it just seems iOS got a better first app.

      Bing in WP7 also isn’t as good as it could be, I also haven’t even seen Mango supporting Images and Videos in the native app. While they cant stand still with developing for other platforms they still need to accelarate in their own.

    • http://www.twitter.com/wixostrix WixosTrix

      You should see it less as a disappointment and just know things will get better soon enough. Bing has its own priorities. And native image searching is apart mango. I’m unsure about video however. I know its frustrating but only so many things can happen at one time and MS is trying to ensure that these things are not just there but they work extremely well.

      Sent from my Windows Phone

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1670567011 Mike Pietrorazio

      +1