No EAS for Androi… Oh Look, Bing Mobile for Android (Verizon)! (Updated)

While official support for Exchange ActiveSync for Android phones is apparently “months” away (unofficially some Android phones, specifically 2.2, and specifically not 2.1, may work), Bing Mobile hopefully will be able to divert your attention today by announcing Bing for Mobile on Verizon Android devices.

Today we are happy to announce the first official Bing for Mobile Android App available to Verizon customers.  You can now download the free Bing App from your Verizon Wireless Android phones’ Marketplace.


The Android app features a 7-day swipe through Bing home page images, voice search, and “a pretty smooth mapping feature”:

First, Bing will automatically find your current location. You can then easily discover new places by category such as restaurants, banks, theaters and you can choose whether you want walking or driving directions. Swipe through each step of your directions, and check out how fast the map pans and zooms.  For times when you only have one hand free and can’t pinch, there is the handy zoom-out button.


Are you on Android on Verizon?  Let us know what you think once you download Bing Mobile for Android!

Update: Picturepan2 from just pointed us to an InfoWeek article on Bing Mobile for Android, with news of a Microsoft / Verizon partnership:

Verizon Wireless Android customers have a new search option if Google Search isn’t their thing. Thanks to a deal between Verizon and Microsoft, Verizon’s Android customers can now use Bing.

The free application, which will be pre-installed on all new Verizon Android handsets, is free to download for all existing customers through the Verizon channel in the Android Market.

(emphasis ours)