Microsoft’s Bing and Google’s Android platform may go together like oil and water to some, but that hasn’t stopped Redmond from releasing its search and mapping client into the general Android Market. Bing for Android had previously come preloaded on several Verizon devices such as the Samsung Fascinate and Continuum and Motorola Citrus, but apparently that exclusivity agreement has ended, giving any handset the ability to install Bing, Bing Maps, and the Bing search bar widget. The Pop Herald notes that the VZW-MSFT search deal ends at a time when the network provider seems to be somewhat indifferent to stocking Windows Phone 7 handsets, deciding to offer none until at least early next year.
Bing has been available in the iPhone App Store for almost a year now, and of course Windows Mobile 6.x and Windows Phone 7 have been the flagship platforms for the service. Our initial look at Google’s WP7 client showed that Bing does the job much better, providing a fully integrated experience to Google’s repurposing of its mobile site. Still, many Android owners are likely to be somewhat partial to Mountain View’s products — which happen to be significantly more polished on their phones than on WP7 — so the battle for Microsoft will clearly be much more difficult on rival territory.