Google updates Windows Phone 7.5 Search app

By Kip Kniskern | In Mobile | Posted March 7, 2012 22 comments

google app logoPerhaps lost in the hubbub of today’s iPad announcements, Google today updated its search app for Windows Phone 7.5 (Mango).  The app, available from the Windows Marketplace, is completely redesigned, according to Google’s Inside Search blog.  Included in the new app are autocomplete, voice search, and location features:

  • Google Autocomplete: As you type in your search, our autocomplete feature offers search predictions that often match your intended search term making search entry easier and faster.
  • Voice Search: With our voice feature, you can avoid typing all together. Simply press the microphone and begin speaking your query.
  • My Location: With your permission, Google can use your device location to provide nearby results easily and accurately. For instance, a search for “coffee shops” quickly displays the nearest places you can go to for a cup of coffee.

We’re not sure why someone would buy a Windows Phone only to use Google instead of Bing, but there it is.

Posted March 7th, 2012 at 9:48 pm
Category: Mobile
Tags: Apps, Google, Windows Phone
  • http://www.andrewtechhelp.com/ Andrew Tech Help

    Doesn’t appear in the Marketplace in Australia. This better not be US only….

  • http://www.andrewtechhelp.com/ Andrew Tech Help

    Doesn’t appear in the Marketplace in Australia. This better not be US only….

  • technogran

    Not available in UK yet either Kip

    • Simon Johnny

      I don’t hold out much hopes for any Windows Phone app releases in the UK. There have been a number of apps that have been released that I’ve been waiting on and they’ve yet to find their way to the UK market place.

      The Netflix has been released in the US market for a while now, and was published the same time the UK got access to netflix. Yet, we don’t have access to the netflix app on the Windows Phone.

      I’m sure there are legality reasons or quality assurance (..lol?) before apps/games can get released to the UK or other parts of the world.

  • technogran

    Not available in UK yet either Kip

    • Simon Johnny

      I don’t hold out much hopes for any Windows Phone app releases in the UK. There have been a number of apps that have been released that I’ve been waiting on and they’ve yet to find their way to the UK market place.

      The Netflix has been released in the US market for a while now, and was published the same time the UK got access to netflix. Yet, we don’t have access to the netflix app on the Windows Phone.

      I’m sure there are legality reasons or quality assurance (..lol?) before apps/games can get released to the UK or other parts of the world.

  • etch

    “We’re not sure why someone would buy a Windows Phone only to use Google instead of Bing, but there it is.”
    Because I love the Windows Phone interface and most other Microsoft services but recognise that Google still gives me better search results than Bing. Not everything has to be black and white.

  • etch

    “We’re not sure why someone would buy a Windows Phone only to use Google instead of Bing, but there it is.”
    Because I love the Windows Phone interface and most other Microsoft services but recognise that Google still gives me better search results than Bing. Not everything has to be black and white.

  • liberalrepublic

    ugly app

  • Liberal Republic

    ugly app

  • Richardstretton

    “We’re not sure why someone would buy a Windows Phone only to use Google instead of Bing, but there it is.”

    This comment made me laugh!!!

    Seriously, People dont like Bing. Bad results, and even an odd sounding word in English.

    • JamesSB

      I use both consistently and the results are pretty  much the same.

    • Fred A.

      I would like to know what you and others mean by bad results. I use bing exclusively, and I always find what I am searching for. Are you sure you are not just a gtool?

      Anyway, this strory is about the Google App for WP. I have no use for it, but am sure others might though…

  • Richardstretton

    “We’re not sure why someone would buy a Windows Phone only to use Google instead of Bing, but there it is.”

    This comment made me laugh!!!

    Seriously, People dont like Bing. Bad results, and even an odd sounding word in English.

    • JamesSB

      I use both consistently and the results are pretty  much the same.

    • Fred A.

      I would like to know what you and others mean by bad results. I use bing exclusively, and I always find what I am searching for. Are you sure you are not just a gtool?

      Anyway, this strory is about the Google App for WP. I have no use for it, but am sure others might though…

  • Asmodai

    Google on Windows Phone 7 is no more strange than Bing on Android.
    While a big Windows Desktop OS fan I do prefer Android on my phones at the moment (this may change with WP8) and while I don’t use Bing on Android I DO use Hotmail and OneNote.  You don’t have to go all in when you pick a platform, mix and match what works best for you.

    • Fred A.

      I really like what you said here. Thanks for articulating what I was thinking, about taking the mix and match aproach.

  • Asmodai

    Google on Windows Phone 7 is no more strange than Bing on Android.
    While a big Windows Desktop OS fan I do prefer Android on my phones at the moment (this may change with WP8) and while I don’t use Bing on Android I DO use Hotmail and OneNote.  You don’t have to go all in when you pick a platform, mix and match what works best for you.

    • Fred A.

      I really like what you said here. Thanks for articulating what I was thinking, about taking the mix and match aproach.

  • http://revanmj.pl/ Michał Jakubowski

    “We’re not sure why someone would buy a Windows Phone only to use Google instead of Bing, but there it is.”
    It’s simple – because Bing sucks in some countries (like Poland in my case) and what is worse – pressing search button on a Windows Phone 7.x device with all regional settings set to Poland / Polish simply launches Bing website in mobile IE instead of an app. Still wondering why someone would like to use Google?

  • http://revanmj.pl/ Michał Jakubowski

    “We’re not sure why someone would buy a Windows Phone only to use Google instead of Bing, but there it is.”
    It’s simple – because Bing sucks in some countries (like Poland in my case) and what is worse – pressing search button on a Windows Phone 7.x device with all regional settings set to Poland / Polish simply launches Bing website in mobile IE instead of an app. Still wondering why someone would like to use Google?