Live Search and Live Search Maps continue to improve their offerings. The browser-based local search and mapping site for mobile has been updated with a bunch of new features. point the browser on your mobile to http://m.live.com/ to try it out.
After downloading a small installer, maps on your mobile browser are made interactive, with easy zooming and panning. I just tried it out on my T-Mobile Shadow, very nice. According to the Live Maps/ Virtual Earth blog, other improvements include:
- 1-click directions for all businesses and street addresses in U.S.
- Additional details for U.S. businesses, including neighborhood, business category, cuisine (restaurants) and hours of operation
- Photos and reviews for U.S. businesses
- Improved movie show times Instant Answers (we now show critics rating)
- Added interactivity to all maps (clicking on maps now zooms in/out to predefined levels, or advanced to the next waypoint for routing maps)
- Traffic & map Instant Answers
- Mobile search for the China market. Scopes offered are local (no maps, but coming soon), web, images, news and Spaces.