Microsoft Bing Gains Visual Search Functionality in Latest Update

Microsoft has updated the Microsoft Bing search app for Android and iOS, bringing a new visual search functionality to it.  The feature works very similar to Google Lens (albeit not real time) by allow you to snap a photo of an object, bar code or a photo from your phone to identify objects in it.

The feature is also part of Microsoft Launcher and Microsoft Edge for Android with the feature coming to Edge for iOS shortly.

Functionally, it works in a pretty straightforward manner.  Simply open up the Microsoft Bing app, then tap on the camera icon in the search box at the top of the display.  Point your phone’s camera at an object and take a picture of it.  Bing will then analyze the content of the photo and provide you search results.

Microsoft Bing Visual Search
Microsoft Bing Visual Search

Unlike Google Lens, Bing’s visual search doesn’t work in real time which may or may not be that big of a deal for some readers.  Just keep it in mind if you want to give it a try.