Besides Search Extras we have not heard much about whatâ€™s new in Bing in the next version of Windows Phone 7.
However eagle-eyed reader Yonas managed to catch this video by Ars Technica which was meant to show Search Extras, but which also reveal the presence of 3 new icons on the normally taskbar-less Bing home page.
The microphone is pretty easy to decipher â€“ clearly like now this is for voice search.
The other two icons are a bit more enigmatic. My personal theory is that the eye icon is for a Google Goggles-like camera-based search, where a user could search just by taking a photo of something. The second one, the music note, may be a Shazam-like music search based on microphone input.
Do our readers have any better suggestions? Let us know below.
Thanks Yonas for the tip.
Update: LiveSide notes Microsoft does have an image search feature called Bing Vision (on the iPhone of course) which would fit the bill and is of course ripe for coming to Windows Phone 7.
See a video demo (around the 3 min mark) after the break.