The Bing app can do better maps than Apple, but Microsoft ain’t being a smartass about it.
Apple’s Maps app has been under fire since it introduced it with the iOS 6 update. Underfire from not only users, but also competitors who found themselves the perfect opportunity to strut their software while kicking the horse dead. Both Nokia and Google ran cheeky advertisements touting their smartphone navigation to be better, and today, Microsoft too joined in on the chorus.
However, unlike others, the Redmonds are being much more nicer, less smartass-y, and non-direct about it. Updating their official Bing blog, Microsoft reminded every iPhone 5 and iOS 6 users that, hey, ‘we have a Bing app on the App Store that does maps…better!’
“For years we’ve put a lot of work into helping people find what they need so they can get more done. With the Bing App for iPhone, we can help you find what you need and help you get there – whether it’s down the street, on the other side of the world, or somewhere in between. We make it easy, too. Just tell Bing what you are looking for with voice-activated search – even addresses- when you need to be hands-free, and let Bing do the rest,” The Bing Team said on the blog post.
The Bing Map can get you walking, transit or driving directions, info on nearest restaurants and shops, and even movie reviews and trailers. It can also provide traffic information although it might work in the Middle East.
Bing is available on the App Store, although Microsoft should really update it – the last update was on April 30th!