Bing for iPhone and Yahoo! AppSpot Help You Uncover Apps
Article by George Norman
On 16 Jun 2011
The Bing for iPhone app, the one that rolled out to the App Store back in December 2009, has recently been updated to version 2.2. The nice thing about this latest version is that it helps you find apps in the App Store. According to Wikipedia there are more than 425,000 apps in the App Store, so having a handy way to find useful apps is much welcomed functionality. Functionality that the Bing for iPhone app can now offer.

When you perform a search using the Bing app, it will present apps related to the query; or as the Bing Team put it, it “will surface apps in the context of normal web queries.” Say you perform a search for Facebook. When you do that, Bing will present the Facebook app and other Facebook-related apps to you.

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If you know what app you’re looking for, you can use Bing to locate it. When your search query is something like “download Fruit Ninja”, you will be presented with the Fruit Ninja app in the search results.

There is one other cool thing the latest version of Bing for iPhone can do: it can launch apps installed on your iPhone from the search results list. When you search for an app that’s already installed on your iPhone, you can launch it from the search results (granted the developer enabled the launch functionality).

If you would like to get the Bing for iPhone app, you can grab it free of charge from the App Store here.

Moving on, Yahoo! Mobile announced yesterday that its new mobile app called Yahoo! AppSpot can also help you discover apps. As Yahoo! Product Director of Mobile Search, Anil Panguluri, put it, the app “works like a flashlight in the darkness of more than 425,000-plus apps in the Apple App Store and 200,000 apps in Android Market.”

Yahoo! AppSpot helps you discover apps in several ways:
- Matching app titles are displayed as you type your query.
- Each day you are presented with a personalized list of top apps.
- You are presented with apps you may be like in the “more apps you’ll love” section.
- Price, star ratings, screenshots and the description is displayed on one screen for your convenience.
- To get an app you are presented with direct App Store and Android Market download links.

The AppSpot app is available for download free of charge in the App Store here and in the Android Market here.

Tags: Bing, Apple, App, App Store, Bing for iPhone, Yahoo!, AppSpot, Google, Android, Android Market
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