Bing For WM Now Has Voice Turn-By-Turn Directions!
Wow this came from nowhere. Go ahead and update Bing and guess what? Turn by turn navigation for driving (or walking). It reads out street names and guides you just like you’d expect. I’ve gotten to the point of entering a location and it prompting me to start…but I’m in an office so I haven’t actually tried it in a real environment but it was speaking to me as expected. By the way, I’d expect this to come to WP7 in the same flavor. It’s the same coding in the background so I’d assume this will be live.
If you have Bing just turn it on and wait to be prompted for the update…be patient. Otherwise, here’s a direct download link you can use from your phone: static.appserver.m.bing.net/binaries/winmo/v1/Bing.CAB
Of course, you need a constant data connection for this but it’s free.
Great stuff. via PocketNow
This works great. With an HD2 screen it makes for a very functional GPS device. I guess you don’t need Google for everything.
… how about for inspiration?
Oh totally, Simmons! Those pesky idea thieves!
A positive and a negative. I have the Tilt and previously had not been able to install the newer version of Bing. That was before I flashed a custom rom. I still thought because of the low resolution screen that the new bing would not install on my Tilt. Also I had heard that some folks didn’t like the newer version of Bing. This voice navigation gave me a reason to try again and to my surprise it installed just fine.
The problem I found with the voice navigation was that the new Bing app doesn’t seem to find and hold onto the GPS signal very well. Also if you go the wrong way, it doesn’t automatically reroute. As far as could tell you had to go through the menu system and do this manually. Not very convenient if you are driving. Did anyone else have these problems?