If you are looking for something to take the load off of your preinstalled Google Maps on your iPhone then you need to check out Bing. Microsoft just released Bing Version 2.0 for the iPhone and after some initial testing of the app I got to say that I am pretty impressed so far. The first that you’ll notice is that it feels like you are using a Windows Phone device. The layout is very crisp and clean and remarkably fast!
Some new features with Bing is the ability to check in with Facebook, Foursquare, and Messenger without leaving the Bing App. Complete redesign with a much faster response. I have not battle tested Bing while on business, but the little bit I played around with it this afternoon, the more I like it. Bing just got launched to number one on my iPhone, or at least until Google releases Maps 5.0 for the iPhone with all that same goodness Android got this morning!
Head on over to the App Store and pick it up free!
What’s New in Version 2.0
Quickly find the perfect restaurant based on your price range, cuisine, atmosphere, or location.
Easily find great movies by name, location, or theater.
Use the Plans feature to plan a night out, a dinner and a movie, or any event you want. See what plans your Facebook friends like and read their comments.
More transit directions to help you plan your commute. Real-time transit updates for Boston, San Francisco and Seattle (more cities to come), show you if a bus is on time, early, or delayed, with predictions for arrival times. Standard transit routes for 11 cities including Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, New Jersey, New York City, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Seattle, Washington DC, and Vancouver BC, with more to come.
Familiarize yourself with a location before you go, using Bing Streetside. Streetside, a new mapping feature, gives you a multi-street level panorama of a location so you can take a virtual walk through the streets with a view of a location and its landmarks. Slide the street level imagery sideways, and the view of the sidewalk is seamlessly constructed, including an overlay of business listings, street names and store fronts.
Use reminders to get a notification when you’re nearby a business or location where you have an errand. Add a reminder and you’ll stop forgetting to pick up the dry cleaning.
Check in to Facebook, Foursquare, and Windows Live Messenger, without leaving Bing.
Improved homepage layout and design for easier navigation and discoverability.