Bing Adds Mall Maps to Mobile Search
Bing has added mall maps and map search to Bing for Mobile. Microsoft’s search engine currently has over 400 shopping malls available in map form.
“Venue maps are a great way to save time and frustration when planning your next summer vacation or that last minute shopping trip – getting you in and out the door faster. Additionally, we now also provide the capability to search on the map,” says the Bing Maps team. “We’ve made locating mall maps an easy task from your desktop or m.bing.com. Just search for the mall name on Bing or Bing Maps, then click on the Mall Map link in the search results contact card.”
“You can also view different levels of a specific venue by clicking the ‘Level’ button at the top of the screen and then selecting the correct level from the provided list,” the team says.
Bing has also added the ability to search from Bing Maps itself. Search results utilize the split view syncing a list and map view in a single view.
“Pan the map and hit refresh and the results in the list will change based on the position of the map,” the Bing team says. “The map highlights the business locations as you scroll through the list making it easy to see where all the options are located. Clicking on a list item such as a business listing will move the map to focus on that business. Similarly, clicking on a point of interest on the map updates the list.”
The features are supported on iPhone, Android and RIM devices. They can be accessed from m.bing.com.