Building Xamarin Mobile Application With Bing AutoSuggest Using Cognitive Services


The Bing Autosuggest API returns a list of suggested queries based on what the user enters in the search box. Also, it displays the suggestions in the search box's drop-down list. The suggested terms are based on suggested queries that other users have searched.


In this article, I will show how to generate Bing Search subscription key and integrate it into the Xamarin application.

Register Bing Search on Azure Portal

You need to create an Azure account and generate subscription key for implementation to the application.

Step 1

Sign in to Azure portal.

Step 2

Create On “+ Create a resource “ under Azure Marketplace, select AI + Cognitive Services, and discover the list of available APIs.  Select “ Bing Search v7 APIs”.


Step 3

On the "Create" page, provide the name, pricing, resource group, and click on "Create".


Step 4

Wait for few seconds. After the Cognitive Services account is successfully deployed, click the notification or tile in the dashboard to view the account information. You can copy the Endpoint URL in the Overview section and keys in the Keys section to start making API calls in our Xamarin applications.


Create Xamarin Application with Bing AutoSuggest

Let's start with creating a new Xamarin.Forms Project using Visual Studio. Open Run >> Type “Devenev.Exe” and enter >> New Project (Ctrl+Shift+N) >> select Blank XAML App (Xamarin.Forms) template.


It will automatically create multiple projects, like .NET Standard, Android, iOS, and UWP.

Install Newtonsoft.Json

Bing Autosuggest will return JSON object value so as to make sure you have added the Newtonsoft JSON NuGet Package to your all projects. Right-click on Solution > Manage Nuget Package > Install Newtonsoft JSON.


Install Microsoft.Csharp

This step is optional. If you get the error  "Microsoft.CSharp.RuntimeBinder.Binder.Convert" not found by the compiler for dynamic type, adding a reference to Microsoft.CSharp to the project will resolve the issue.


Design View

After successfully installing above two nuGet packages, let us start designing UI design from Dot Standard /PCL project. In PCL Project > Open MainPage.Xaml page and add design Entry and list view control in XAML.

  1. <?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8" ?>  
  2. <ContentPage xmlns=""  
  3.              xmlns:x=""  
  4.              xmlns:local="clr-namespace:XamarinBingAutoSuggest"  
  5.              x:Class="XamarinBingAutoSuggest.MainPage">  
  7.     <StackLayout>  
  8.         <Entry x:Name="entrysearch" Placeholder="Type Your text"  TextChanged="OnTextChangesEvent" />  
  9.         <ListView x:Name="lstautosug" BackgroundColor="Azure"  SelectedItem="{Binding Source={x:Reference entrysearch},  
  10.  Path=Text}"></ListView>  
  11.     </StackLayout>  
  13. </ContentPage> 

Configure the project

Open the MainPage.xaml.cs file from PCL project and replace your subscription key and Endpoint URL.

  1. private string AutoSuggestionEndPoint = "";  
  2.       public HttpClient AutoSuggestionClient  
  3.       {  
  4.           get;  
  5.           set;  
  6.       }  
  7.       public MainPage()  
  8. {  
  9.     InitializeComponent();  
  10.           AutoSuggestionClient = new HttpClient();  
  11.           AutoSuggestionClient.DefaultRequestHeaders.Add("Ocp-Apim-Subscription-Key""<Key>");  
  12.       } 

Get and Parse Json Data

HttpClient class provides a base class for get/Post the HTTP requests/responses from a URL. It is a supported async feature of .NET framework. HttpClient is able to process multiple concurrent requests. The following code shows how to get all Json data using Bing suggestions API url and parse the json and binding into the list view for autocomplete

  1. private async void OnTextChangesEvent(object sender, TextChangedEventArgs e)  
  2.         {  
  3.             try  
  4.             {  
  5.                 if(entrysearch!=null)  
  6.                 lstautosug.ItemsSource = await GetAutoSuggestResults(this.entrysearch.Text);  
  7.             }  
  8.             catch (HttpRequestException)  
  9.             {  
  11.             }  
  13.         }  
  14.         public async  Task<List<string>> GetAutoSuggestResults(string query)  
  15.         {  
  16.             List<string> suggestions = new List<string>();  
  17.             string market = "en-US";  
  18.             var result = await AutoSuggestionClient.GetAsync(string.Format("{0}/?q={1}&mkt={2}", AutoSuggestionEndPoint, WebUtility.UrlEncode(query), market));  
  19.             result.EnsureSuccessStatusCode();  
  20.             var json = await result.Content.ReadAsStringAsync();  
  21.             dynamic data = JObject.Parse(json);  
  22.             if (data.suggestionGroups != null && data.suggestionGroups.Count > 0 && data.suggestionGroups[0].searchSuggestions != null)  
  23.             {  
  24.                 for (int i = 0; i < data.suggestionGroups[0].searchSuggestions.Count; i++)  
  25.                 {  
  26.                     suggestions.Add(data.suggestionGroups[0].searchSuggestions[i].displayText.Value);  
  27.                 }  
  28.             }  
  29.             return suggestions;  
  30.         } 

Run the Application

We have completed the coding. Now, let us start running the application. You can select the platform iOS, Android, or Windows, and click on Run (f5) the application.

You can find the source code in the attachment and on GitHub XamarinBingAutoSuggest repository as Microsoft-Cognitive-Service.


In this article, you learned how to generate Bing Autosuggest subscription key and integrate into the Xamarin application. If you have any questions/ feedback/ issues, please write in the comment box.