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Bing! Now for non-Verizon Android phones, too

November 11, 2010 | by Andrew Kameka

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Bing Mobile for Android is now available on all four of the major U.S. carriers. When the app was first released in August, it was an exclusive for Verizon customers. Now AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile customers can see what all the hype – positive and negative – is about.

Bing brings a good-looking search interface that includes a daily image with clickable hotspots. In honor of Veteran’s Day, today’s image includes tidbits about the Memorial Wall at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Users can filter by Images, News, Maps, and Local results. There’s also a 4×1 homescreen widget.

Microsoft has a deal with Verizon that has made Bing the default search and map application on several of its major smartphones, and that trend will continue with the Samsung Continuum. Microsoft has expanded its reach as part of an effort to grow Bing on as many platforms as possible. Some may scoff at seeing Microsoft on “Google’s operating system” but it never hurts to have options. (Yes, I’m aware Verizon customers on 2.1 don’t have option to make Google the default).

Search the Android Market for “Bing” and it should appear.

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