Yahoo! Search has gained 0.2 percentage points (from 15.9% to 16.1%) search market share for the month of July 2011, but Google dropped 0.4 percentage points (from 65.5% down to 65.1%) during the same time period according to the latest data from comScore. However Bing remained stagnant at 14.4%.
This means that Bing now commands 30.5% of the search market, compared to Google’s 65.1%.
If you are wondering where the rest of of 0.2 percentage points went, 0.1 went to AOL – but the remaining 0.1 must have been lost to a rounding error.
While Google may have lost some market share – again – they didn’t lose in overall search volume. In this case Google gained 2% in overall search volume (going from 10.948 billion to 11.158 billion), along with Yahoo! gaining 4% (2.65 billion to 2.764 billion) and Bing gaining 3% in search volume (2.405 billion to 2.473 billion).
The Google Search app for Windows Phone allows you to search the web, images, local, news and more. The app includes some interesting features, such as suggestions appearing as you type, suggestions from your search history as well, plus your current location is used to return more relevant results.
The Google Search app is free to download in the Windows Phone Marketplace, to find it, do a search for “Google Search” in the Zune application. I currently have access to it in the Marketplace, and so far, it only has a two and a half star rating, with reviews mentioning that the Bing app is better or that the Google Search app is simply just a browser.
Good for Windows Phone
This is good for Windows Phone, seeing other companies who have mobile platforms of their own and still creating applications for others. But to this is not unheard of, seeing as Microsoft currently maintains a Bing app for both the iPhone and Android.
We shall see in the future if Google updates this application to include more features, such as turn by turn directions, voice control and so forth.
If you would like to see more pictures of the Google Search app on Windows Phone, take a look at the Google Search app for Windows Phone 7 photo gallery.