Microsoft may be busy prepping its upcoming Windows Phone 7 mobile operating system for launch in a few months. But that hasn’t stopped the company from releasing a few apps for competing platforms. Microsoft recently launched a Windows Live Messenger app for the iPhone, and there’s a rumor going around that Office Mobile could make its way to Symbian or other platforms. Android is also getting a little love today, with the launch of Bing for Mobile Android.
There’s just one catch: The app is only available for Verizon Wireless customers right now. No, I don’t know why either.
The app lets you access all of Microsoft’s Bing mobile services, including maps, directions, news, images, and you know… web search. Sure, you could do all that with your mobile web browser, but the Bing app puts everything in one place, and also has some nifty features like thumbnail icons for image results with an “endless scrolling” interface.
Other features include voice recognition and the ability to find your current location for maps and local search results.
Bing for Mobile Android is available as a free download from the Android Market… if you have a Verizon handset.