Microsoft Updates Bing App for iPhone, iPod Touch
Microsoft has released an update for its Bing for Mobile app for the iPhone and the iPod Touch. The update comes with some new features for travel and Bing Maps.
"We know consumers love the Price Predicator on the PC, and now they can find it along with other great Bing Travel features on their iPhone," says Andy Chu of Bing for Mobile. "From the Bing for Mobile iPhone app’s home screen, simply click on Travel. You can now see top deals from your home airport as well as last minute and weekend deals, and using the interactive Deals calendar, you can easily see when those great prices are available. If you have a specific trip in mind, you can use flight search to find a great fare. Utilize the ‘estimated price’ preview to see fares for alternate dates or airports, and look to the Price Predictor to know when to buy your airfare. Or if you’re already headed for the airport, use Bing Travel’s flight status feature to see if your flight is on time."
"Looking at a map on your phone with multiple layers of information could be quite difficult," adds Chu. "With this release of the iPhone app, we have redesigned the mapping experience from the ground up. We enhanced the backdrop so information on the map such as traffic details, business listings, pushpins, labels, etc. could pop. We increased the font size corresponding to larger roads and added neighborhood labels so you can easily identify and convey locations in cities. We have also added what’s Nearby with enhanced map and labels so you can ‘fly’ through a neighborhood and quickly find a local listing. And best of all, you can easily switch between the map view and the list view on the map."
The update is available through iTunes.
Last week, Microsoft announced a Bing for Mobile update for BlackBerry, with more Bing Maps functionality, an updated home screen and a launcher for local, maps, directions and news.