Microsoft's recently released Bing app for Android comes with an interesting twist:
Microsoft August 30 released an official Bing for Mobile Android App for customers of Verizon Wireless, an exclusive arrangement that underscores how Android has become a significant mobile platform to rival Apple's iPhone.
Owners of Android-based smartphones such as the Motorola Droid, Droid 2, Droid X and the Droid Incredible can download the free application from the Verizon Wireless Marketplace.
The app is the latest step in Microsoft's $500 million deal to have Bing featured on Verizon smartphones and feature phones.
This pact was viewed as quite the coup when the companies announced it in January 2009.
The deal guaranteed customers could access voice and typed search queries, as well as location-aware searches to access maps, directions, traffic information, information on local businesses and other info from Microsoft Live Search, which has evolved to Bing.