Bing for iPad brings the Microsoft search engine to the iPad as a native app. It was released on the iPad App Store a few days ago. Here’s a little of what the app promises to deliver:
The Bing for iPad app goes beyond the traditional search experience, offering a new visually rich way to search the Web. The experience is designed specifically to capture the fluid and intuitive nature of touch on a large, high resolution screen – allowing you to quickly browse news, movies, weather, local business listing and much more. And, you can do it all with the swipe of a finger – no more back button.
And some of its notable features:
• Swipe through our touch enabled movie listings, news articles, trending topics, local businesses and other rich, immersive search results.
• Stay current with the latest news, traffic, weather, stock quotes, movies and popular searches from the main screen.
• Bing Local and Map integration to help you find the places you are looking for from directions with real-time tracking to immersive road, traffic, aerial and “bird’s eye” views.
• Follow the latest news and trending topics with beautifully iPad optimized results with rich images and magazine inspired layouts.
• Tell Bing what you are searching for with voice activated search.
• Wonderful touch friendly, grid view of image searches, with source site details and full page preview.
• Easily navigate between Bing results and websites as Bing frames the site to make it easy to return the search or to launch a new one.
I’ve been trying out Bing for iPad for a few days now. It’s a good looking app and is nice to use. It features some great images and offers strong results for image searches.
Having said that, I find it hard to think of when I would typically use this app. Although it has sections for trending news stories, I relay on Twitter and Flipboard and others for serving me that sort of information – and Bing doesn’t offer enough to fit in that sort of use for me. It offers weather information, but I have two very good weather apps on my iPad already. It has some nice movie information, but again I have the Fandango app to more than cover me for that topic.
So, for me, this app would need to replace Safari as my prime web search resource in order to get much use. Given that Safari is a full-blown web browser with effective search built in, that won’t be happening. And beyond that possibility, I just can’t see myself using this app often at all, even though it’s nicely executed.
The one thing the app did make me consider is using Bing as the default search engine in Safari. I’ve made that change in Safari settings and will see how I like it.
Here’s an App Store link for Bing for iPad; it’s a free app.
Have you tried out Bing for iPad yet? If so, what do you think of it?