Microsoft rolls out UI refreshes for OneDrive and Bing Android apps
Microsoft has updated their OneDrive cloud backup and Bing search engine apps.
- OneDrive now incorporates Chromecast support.
- Microsoft’s search engine Bing has added several new features like Covid Tracker.
- Bing also allows you to customise your homepage.
Microsoft looks like it has been investing more time and energy into some of their Android apps. Both the OneDrive and Bing apps have recently received updates.
The major highlight in the OneDrive update is the addition of Chromecast support. It works in the usual way – just open up a photo or a video from your OneDrive and a Chromecast icon should appear on the title bar if there are any Chromecast-enabled devices in your vicinity. There are some other smaller tweaks in OneDrive like the Home tab, for instance, now prominently features the recent view with the last files you interacted with, so you can quickly pick up where you left off.
The Bing Android app has basically received a visual overhaul. You can check it out in the screenshots. Many of the features are now easier to access from the Home page and there are also some new additions to the list some of which are listed below:
- New homepage: See top news, stay updated on topics you’re following, and get quick access to Microsoft features
- Search: Get the same trusted search results and more
- COVID Tracker: Monitor the latest case numbers, trends, news, and vaccine info
- Weather: See the forecast for today and the week ahead
- Visual Search: Search right from your camera or by uploading a picture
- Sports: Track scores, standings, news, and more
- Rewards: Earn points toward gift cards and more
- Wallpaper: Pick from a collection of beautiful images featured on the Bing homepage
- Voice search: Tap the mic icon and use your voice to search
- Video and images: Search and browse visual media across the web
- Translator: Get quick translations in more than 70 languages
- Unit converter: An easy-to-use tool that converts in 18 different unit categories
- Shopping: Find great deals and coupons for retailers
- Math: Enter math problems and get step-by-step solutions
- Esports: Watch live streams, get the latest news, and more
- Games: Find Sudoku, matching tiles, quizzes, and other quick distractions