The official Groupon app for Windows Phone arrived in Marketplace. Deal hunters rejoice and nab nearby deals, see what Groupons you’ve picked up, and redeem them electronically.
In additon to Groupon, yesterday, the official Home Depot app also landed in the Markeplace. The app let you find the closest store–or research and buy more than 100,000 products directly from within the app.
In a news releated to Wndows Phone 7, it’s come to our notice that the new “Bing Search Extras” feature coming in the “Mango” update has two additional buttons added near the bottom to the main Bing app interface.
While the microphone button on the right clearly resembles the voice search capability found in today’s WPs, the other two icons appear to be new.
The first icon from left, resembles to an eye, seems to suggest that Bing Vision may be coming to WP. “Bing Vision allow users to use their phone camera to capture visual data for searches.” For e.g., you can capture an image of a barcode and Bing Vision will return the results of the product associated with that particular barcode. Alternatively, Bing Vision also allow users to quickly search texts within an image, and it’ll recognise the characters and returns with the relevant search results. Check the video below:
The second icon, resembles a musical note, it may be a tie-in to Bing Music search, or it could be simply a shortcut to searching the Zune music marketplace. WMPowerUser suggesting that it might be bringing Shazam-like functionality to search for songs and albums based on microphone input.
[Source: Windows Phone blog]