Sunshine told you about some of the announcements coming from Bing Maps earlier today, but the news didn’t stop there. Timing the announcements to come at the Where 2.0 conference in San Francisco, Bing Maps today also announced three new Map apps, for FourSquare, and for Oodle Rentals, and for the Bing Maps World Tour, along with lots of new imagery updates.
The first app is for FourSquare Everywhere, and pulls in data from the popular new service right into Bing Maps. Blaise Aguera y Arcas demoed the app onstage at Where 2.0 (a video will be available after the conference on YouTube).
In case you haven’t been following the latest in location based apps, FourSquare has really been taking off lately. According to the website,
“Foursquare on your phone gives you & your friends new ways of exploring your city. Earn points & unlock badges for discovering new things.”
Like Twitter before it, FourSquare got a big boost at this year’s SXSW conference, and a new startup called SimpleGeo even mashed up the data to create a visualization of location based check ins that gives you an idea of not only how popular these services are becoming, but how the information can be used in new ways:
Oodle Rentals is another new app for Bing Maps, showing rental properties by location across the United States. Useful if you’re looking for a new apartment (or if you’re tired of fighting all the US only apps and have decided to give up and move to the US!)
And not to be outdone, Microsoft has updated the Bing Maps World Tour app, showing all of the imagery updates since August of last year, including the new March releases of 4.9 million and 1.9 million square km of new and updated imagery from all around the world.