Windows Phone 7 Mango Bing Vision, Audio and Turn by turn navigation features officially confirmed

The Windows Phone Dev podcast has confirmed what we saw a little while ago: Bing Vision and Bing Audio search will indeed be part of the upcoming Mango update. Bing Vision,which is already available in the Bing iOS application will let users scan bar-codes, QR Codes, Microsoft Tags, DVD, Movies covers/posters, book covers etc and match them with corresponding information through Bing (essentially the same as Google goggles) . The yet unreleased / unseen Bing Audio feature will allow you to search and discover Music similarly to what you can do with Shazam (supported in US, UK , France, Italy, Germany and Spain).


Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 Mango will also implement free Turn-By-Turn voice navigation in Bing Maps but my guess is that this will initially only be available in the US (similar to most Bing features as of right now unfortunately). One last feature is the ability to dictate SMS messages : just speak and the phone will translate your words into text similar to LG’s Voice-to-text application.

Now let’s hope that it won’t suffer from weird outage like the current Reviews issue.
source: Windows Phone Dev podcast

  • Anonymous

    I wish they took the dictation features a step further and added it to the keyboard just like Android does, allowing for pervasive voice to text capabilities across the OS.

  • http://www.mobiletechworld.com MobileTechWorld

    Unfortunately I think that most of theses new features will only be available in the US first…

  • Anonymous

    US, Great Britian, France, Italy, Germany and Spain are the initial countries that Bing Audio supports.

  • http://www.mobiletechworld.com MobileTechWorld

    Yup that’s what they said when describing the feature. But I’m willing to bet that the Bing Maps Navigation and Vision features are most probably going to be US only at first (still waiting for traffic support outside of the US…..).

  • Anonymous

    Well don’t forget Nokia+Ovi which should be integrated with Mango.

  • Anonymous

    I cant wait for this, it’s about time for new phone upgrade so I think I’ll hang on for a little while.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_G6FBDZJW26I5BS4W6LZRMWRF5Q CindyR

    When might we get Flash support? 

  • http://www.mobiletechworld.com MobileTechWorld

     Most probably never. Microsoft is really betting on HTML5 with IE9 Mobile and Adobe hasn’t said a thing about Flash on WP7 since last year so it has probably been scrapped.