Bing iPhone App Upgraded with Social Search Results
Microsoft has released a new update to the Bing app for the iPhone and iPod Touch.
The app now lets users connect their Facebook and Twitter accounts to see combined status updates from their friends. They’ve also integrated search results from your friends using this data.
"So if you search for a movie, you’ll see movie showtimes first, then anything your friends may have said about it next," says Justin Jed of Bing for mobile. "This is also handy for local businesses or products where you want to see what your network is saying. Last, when you find something you like using the app, you can easily share it with your network on Facebook, Twitter, or through email."
The app also now has visual scanning of barcodes and cover art. This means you can use your iPhone’s camera to scan the barcode of a product or the cover art of books, CDS, DVDs, or video games (much like Google Goggles). When you do this, you’ll get descriptions, reviews, prices, links to places to buy, etc.
There are also some enhancements to the Movies and Shopping sections of the app.