Pinch-zoom for more Google Maps features

Countering Bing's release of detailed mall maps last March, Google recently announced its new version of Maps that offers a similar feature, as well as airport support, Search Engine Watch reports.

Bing's maps offered detailed outlines of approximately 150 malls, including the nine largest in the country, such as the Mall of America (MoA) in Minnesota and King of Prussia Mall in Pennsylvania.

Google users can now pinch-zoom a mall or airport location on their mobile devices using the Google Maps mobile app. An advanced feature allows people to view specific levels if the mall has multiple stories, with a blue dot indicating a person's location in the building.

Google's availability also includes MoA, as well as Vallco Shopping Mall in California and various Macy's, Bloomingdales and Ikea locations, according to its website. Airport access includes traffic-heavy sites such as O'Hare International in Chicago and Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International in Florida.

Beyond the extra locations, Google has also implemented a new user interface for Maps, "giving quick, one-touch access to Google Places, Check-in, Latitude and other features," SEW notes.

To access these features previously, users needed to select the "more" option after pressing the menu button.