Microsoft will release its first full-featured Bing search client for Android in the next six weeks, matching the search capabilities that Microsoft offers for the iPhone, company executives said Tuesday.
Microsoft already offers a basic Bing client for Android, but it’s geared mainly toward mapping tasks. The new client will have features similar to those in the desktop version of Bing.com, including full Web, image and news search.
The Android client was announced as Bing continues to gradually add more users. Since Microsoft launched Bing in June last year, the company’s share of the search market has increased by almost 5 percentage points, according to Satya Nadella, senior vice president for Microsoft’s online services division. Its Bing client for the iPhone has been downloaded more than 4 million times, he said.
Microsoft Web sites accounted for 12.7 percent of searches performed last month, he said, citing new figures from comScore. Microsoft is encouraged by the growth, Nadella said, but he acknowledged that the company still lags far behind Google, which accounted for 62.6 percent of searches. Yahoo sites accounted for 18.9 percent.