Bing for Android Update Utilizes HTML5 [Video]


Video: Bing for Mobile Goes HTML5

While I’m not a huge fan of Bing, I felt the need to check it out after Microsoft spent some time highlighting the changes they’ve made to the experience. Their Android and iOS applications have been overhauled to make extensive use of HTML5 for several reasons.

Their aim is to create a unified experience for both platforms (and presumably more in the future, including their own Windows Phone 7) so that no matter which device you happen to be using the “Bing experience” will always remain the same.

HTML5 also gives them the ability to update their application and servers without the user needing to head to the Android market. We imagine the only time they’d need to issue an update is for a security patch, a bug fix or a new feature or two that ties into the OS.

The technology, HTML5, is great, but in this day and age I still prefer a native application. After using the new version of Bing, I could tell it wasn’t quite as “snappy” or “fluid” as some apps are when their UI elements are not being rendered in webview.

Even then, Bing’s new app was still friendly to touch and it’s exciting to see how HTML5 will help their service evolve in the near future. Find the application in the Android market here and check out the video highlighting all the new changes above or over at Microsoft’s site.

Quentyn Kennemer
The "Google Phone" sounded too awesome to pass up, so I bought a G1. The rest is history. And yes, I know my name isn't Wilson.

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  1. The only thing that made ‘Bing’ good was Chandler Bing…all other Bings are dumb…who-rah for Chrome!

    1. Chandler is the MAN!

  2. Does anyone actually like Bing? Seriously, I’ve never met a fan

    1. The app is actually quite good

    2. Why would anyone trust Bing’s results?  It is from Microsoft.

      It’s not that Google couldn’t also lose my trust, but they seem to understand that trust is hard to earn and easy to lose.  Google has made missteps, backed off and apologized before.  That’s quite different than the deliberate destructive pattern of abuse that is Microsoft over the last three decades.

      Could Microsoft earn my trust?  Possibly.  Look at IBM at the end of the 1980’s.  They reinvented themselves during the 1990’s.  It took them a decade, but the company that resulted was very different.  Similarly, once Apple was an amazing visionary technology company.  Today it is a lawsuit mill with technology on a par with everyone else, but with style.

      While I might trust Siri, if I were an iPhanboy, I can’t imagine why anyone would trust Microsoft or by extension Bing, unless they have really drunk the kool aid.

  3. That little Asian guy probably couldn’t wait to get away from crazy round eye.

  4. Not compatible with TMO GS2.  I’m tired of this happening…

  5. android app can fit 2-3 more categories on the page than ios app. wonder what size android is using :O!

  6. great news. Thanks for details.

  7. Let’s see here: microsoft search engine on my Google phone?

    Nope. I’ll stick with Google, thanks.

    This, to me, is more propoganda and advertisement pushing than it is news. But heck, even I fell for it just to write a comment.

    Bing still sucks though.

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