Bing News and Translator get small updates today for Windows Phone

Earlier this week we saw the refresh of Bing apps for Windows Phone, including News, Weather, Finance and more. Those were rather large updates as they brought account syncing and sharing options, making the Bing apps infinitely more useful for everyday use.

Today, Bing News had an update, in fact, if you open up the app you may even get an alert telling you as much – a neat little feature.

If you head to the Store, you’ll see that version of of News is now available. We’re not finding any new features, though it does feel zippier (insert joke) and seeing as it’s following on the heels of this week’s big update, we’re guessing ‘bug fixes’. Some users have reported crashing issues, so this may be a rapid fix for that. Regardless, make sure you’re up to date as it’s a swell app.

Pick up of Bing News here or scan the QR below.

Bing Translator

Bing Translator was left out of the ‘refresh’ this week and we even forgot to mention it. That’s a shame as it too is a supremely well-crafted app, that is happens to also be very useful.

Translator is still not part of the ‘3.0’ series that other Bing apps are a part of, but today, version 2.9 has hit the Store and it has a generous changelog:

  • Camera translation for Czech, Greek, Hungarian, Polish and Turkish
  • Offline translation for Polish and Turkish
  • Online translation for Maltese and Welsh
  • Wide live tile

Not a bad if you use those language and we suppose a wide live tile was well overdue.

Pick up Bing Translator 2.9 here in the Store or scan the QR below.

Daniel Rubino

Daniel Rubino is the Editor-in-chief of Windows Central, head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been covering Microsoft since 2007 when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, laptops, next-gen computing, and for some reason, watches. Before all this tech stuff, he worked on a Ph.D. in linguistics, watched people sleep (for medical purposes!), and ran the projectors at movie theaters because it was fun.

  • The translator doesn't work on voice for me anymore, hasn't for a few weeks , anyone know what the story is??
  • Works for me. Uninstall and install
  • Share feature is fixed for Bing news.
  • That's great to hear. Inability to share is what made me rarely use Bing News.
  • My friends always were displeased when I shared genuinely great piece of news via email, instead of social network share.
  • The main issue was inability to share via email if they didn't have Windows 8 when I used the Windows 8 app. None of my friends have Windows 8/8.1.
  • Yup. I actually get a link to the original news source now instead of the almost useless app link.
  • Yes, this makes Bing News one of the most useful things now.
  • The translator app is great but they really need to add support for more Asian languages.
  • And Latin... I hate being forced to turn to Google Translate when I need a Latin dictionary (for class) because Bing doesn't support it. It feels so treacherous, but I don't have a choice because Bing Translate doesn't support as many languages. In addition to the feeling of betray, there's also just simply that Bing Translate is much more well designed in my opinion. Bing's got the better UI and features: now if only they would add more languages and a "Detect Language" feature.
  • +1020 920 & 520 we need this in our house
  • Does Bing translate South Korean language?
  • It does, but I will probably revisit bing translate in a year or so. I have been using T Translate instead which I would say does a better job than both google and microsoft and the app for windows phone is coded very well.
  • Ah you and you t apps, what's up with that?
  • Yes, would like Thai offline. Also, would like it to detect text that is in a foreign language in an app and offer to translate it.
  • Still no love for the land of smiles.
  • Topics doesn't crash anymore on Bing News. Syncing between my 822 and 928 works now. :)
  • Argh need camera for Japanese :D
  • Agreed
  • no kidding, the icon tile even uses hiragana!
  • I'm hoping Thai is coming as camera translation soon. That would rock my boat.
  • They need to have voice for Portuguese to English as well.
  • I feel like slapping the next person who says "seems faster". The joke is now annoying
  • seems slower
  • Haha!
  • I downloaded Translator last night when someone randomly texted me in Asian characters. Guessed correctly that it was Chinese and ended up having a short conversation. They had the wrong number.
  • I feel like slapping the next person who says "seems faster". The joke is now annoying (except Daniel lol)
  • Is it me or do comment loading times seems faster? :-P
  • Hahaha
  • I beg of you translator add Swahili, one of the more well know languages from Africa!!!
  • The only time I know about an update on my 920 is when I read about it here.  Since the Black update, I simply do not get notified anymore.
  • Also on Windows 8 it got updated.
  • I wouldn't be surprised if we see the translator app disappear after 8.1. I'm slightly suprised that its still around. It should have been integrated into the Bing buttons by now, I'm sure cortana will render some of the translator parts unneeded, like voice translations.
  • Please reprogram translator again. It is getting crashed.
  • Google translate is way better!!
  • Nothing Google made is better.
  • I'm afraid you haven't compared both apps.
  • I am afraid he has and you haven't...
  • Well, I'm teach languages in university and I use all kinds of dictionaries and translators. The accuracy and user friendly of google translate is way better than Bing. Bing is fine but it still has to catch up.
  • Does anybody know if bing news lets you share with Facebook groups?
  • Besides taking up more space, why is the wide tile for Translator considered a good move?  
  • Until the new update I won't be downloading these bing (why does sp chk insist bing must be capitalized) apps, due to memory drain, but plan on it. Good apps, 521.
  • Can no longer share articles by text with this 'new' version
  • Update. For *some* articles by certain providers e.g. press association
  • Why we don't have a prober EBook Reader From MS ?? and why Bing translator desn't support arabic offline even thought they have it Online all from the begging ??