Posted by: kurtsh | May 13, 2010

RELEASE: Bing for Windows Phone… now with Turn-by-Turn Navigation

Today the team is releasing an update to the Bing app for Windows phone. It contains a couple of great improvements:

New home page design. In response to customer requests and to get better visual alignment with Bing apps on other platforms, we’ve added the “launcher” design to the Windows app. Now the home page shows shortcuts to Movies, Local listings, Maps, Directions, Traffic, and Favorites.

Navigation! The Bing app on your Windows 6.x phone now includes free voice guided turn-by-turn navigation. Here’s how it works: when you request directions within the app, you’ll see a new “Navigate” button. Select it, and Bing will calculate your route, and then guide you as you drive. You can select fastest or shortest route, choose to avoid traffic and/or tolls, see a map or a list of directions, and see nice big arrows that you can glance at to see which way to turn next.  Since the whole thing can be hands-free, this voice guided navigation will make your next trip in the car that much safer.

Navigation is available on Sprint, T-Mobile, and AT&T phones. We will update the app for Verizon phones next week to show a link to the VZ Nav service on the directions screen.

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If you already have the Bing app on your Windows phone, launch it on Tuesday to get the update. If not, you can download it starting Tuesday afternoon at m.bing.com.

The navigation feature is compatible with the phones below. Give it a try.

Windows Phone

  • 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
  • T-Mobile Dash 3G

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