Microsoft has just released a new update that serves as a follow-up to the major overhaul it brought upon the official iPhone app of its Bing search engine a month ago.
Previously on Bing
Last month, Bing for iPhone effectively challenged Google as it underwent a significant revamp thats aimed at helping its users find and do things more quickly and easily. These entailed the introduction of a new interface that makes searching the Web and seeing restaurants, movies, images, videos, maps, and more a cinch. Theres also a built-in media player and integrations with other apps to allow for searching and taking action from one place only.
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In-store price comparison
The Bing apps overhaul also introduced a zippy barcode scanner, allowing you to point your devices camera at a barcode or a QR code to have the app pull up search results for the scanned product.
Now, the latest update to the app upgrades the barcode scanner so that it now leads to a screen where you can compare the prices of the scanned product from up to 12 major retail stores (including Amazon, Walmart, Target, Home Depot, Macys, and more). Just in time for the holiday shopping season, this helps you decide where to buy the product and help you save you some bucks.
Real-time Uber data and animated GIFs
Through its previous update, Bing for iPhone began offering an easy to way to get to your searched destination via Uber and other supported ride-hailing apps. Now, it has been updated to display real-time data from Uber when you tap the Get a ride option or the Uber app icon under Get there.
The newly updated Bing app also features support for animated GIFs. Now, when you do an image search, animated GIFs are indicated as such and tapping them plays their corresponding animations.
The latest update to Bing for iPhone also brings support for left/right swipe navigation, improved image and video search input, and improved overall performance and responsivenes.