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Microsoft’s Bing for Android app just got an awesome new feature

by Jacob Kleinman | August 20, 2015August 20, 2015 10:00 am PST

Do you use Bing on your Android phone? We wouldn’t be surprised if your answer is a firm no, but that may change thanks to a new feature from Microsoft. “Bing snapshots” promises to pull up relevant info inside other apps based on whatever you’re looking at.

Just hold down the home button to launch Bing snapshots. So, for example, if you’re looking at a picture of some Caribbean beach on Instagram you can quickly pull up more information on the location along with linksĀ to book a hotel, book a tour or read more on the area. If you’re watching a new movie trailer Bing snapshots will offer up more details, reviews and a link to buy tickets.

The entire conceptĀ is very similar to Google Now on Tap, which will be included as part of the Android Marshmallow update. But Google’s new feature requires the latest version of Android, which won’t hit most phones for a while (if ever). Bing works with any device running Android 4.0 or up, which covers pretty much everything on the market.

You can grab the update or download Bing for Android via the source link below, and check out Microsoft’s announcement video for even more info.

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Jacob Kleinman

Jacob Kleinman has been working as a journalist online and in print since he arrived at Wesleyan University in 2007. After graduating, he took a...

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