Poll: Would you take Bing for webOS?
Pretty much everybody familiar with webOS knows that Google Maps is in dire, dire need up an update. The UI feels glommed-on, the feature-set is woefully behind other platforms, and the various location-issues continue to be a thorn in our collective side. Which has me wondering: when will it get upgraded?
It also has me wondering something else: HP has been adamant that they continue to have an excellent relationship with Microsoft. However, there's no denying that there is probably a bit of tension when it comes to HP's choice of webOS to power virtually every consumer product they make that isn't powered by Windows (and, yes, to even live alongside Windows later this year). It seems that one way to help mend that fence might be to give Microsoft a stake in webOS' success.
Sure, it's simple for HP to add Bing as a default search option for Just Type - but we're wondering if perhaps HP might be looking to go a little deeper and include an app for Bing Maps on future versions of webOS. Bing has come quite a long way in the past few years. They've especially impressive progress in HTML5 and mobile-related search - so it might be a more natural fit than it might appear at first blush.
Anybody who's used Bing Maps on Windows Phone 7 also knows it's pretty great - but then, it doesn't take much to impress when you compare it to the current Google Maps on webOS. What do you think - would you be happy if HP 'Binged' webOS?