Bing is launching two new updates for the Bing app on Windows phones today. "The first is a redesign of the home page, which gives people faster access to common searches such as Movies and Traffic," a representative for Bing tells WebProNews.
"The second feature is voice-guided navigation for Windows 6.x phones, powered by Bing Maps and Microsoft Tellme’s voice application," he says. "The navigation feature is available to users who have a Windows phone on Sprint, T-Mobile or AT&T."
Key features according to Bing include:
– Faster and more informed navigation decisions
– More flexibility with multiple route choices
– Voice guidance for a safer way to travel
– Real time traffic updates to stay informed on the go
Users of the navigation feature can hit the "navigate" button, and Bing will calculate the route and guide them as they drive. They can select the fastest or shortest route, and choose whether or not to avoid traffic and tolls.
Users can also get a map or list of directions, and see arrows/hear alerts to know which way to turn as the journey progresses.
Specific phones that are compatible with the navigation feature include: HTC Fuze, HTC Pure, HTC HD2, HTC Tilt 2, HTC Touch Diamond 2, HTC Touch HD, HTC Touch Pro, HTC Touch Pro 2, Motorola Q9c, Samsung Jack, Samsung Omnia II, Samsung Propel, and T-Mobile Dash 3G.