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At some point or another, everyone goes to a new mall. Maybe it's an old mall in a new town, or a new mall in an old town. The point is the same: it's a mall you've never been to before. Half of the fun is finding out what outlets are eager and waiting to empty your wallet...but that also requires a lot of walking around most of the time. Tragic, I know.

So how's this for an idea: walk into the mall, sit down on the nearest bench, pull out your phone, and fire up Google Now for a full list of stores in said location. That'd be cool, right? Yeah, it would. And convenient. And now, it's real. Since it's a Google thing, you can also search the list of stores to see if your favorite is present in that particular mall. Now you'll never go without finding a Hot Topic again. You silly kids.

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The one downside to this nifty new feature is that it doesn't actually show where in the mall you can find the store  - only that it actually exists inside the labyrinthine retail kingdom. But when you're finished with the shopping extravaganza, Now will also remind you where to find your car in the lot. Eventually Google might actually just start thinking for us through our phones. That would probably do some people a lot of good, I think.

This feature should be available to users through Now, um...now. So check it out the next time you're at the mall.

Thanks Julien Ho and Bora U

Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, musician, and cyclist. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6-string, spinning on the streets, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/eric-ravenscraft/ Eric Ravenscraft
    • http://k3rnel.net Juan Rodriguez

      Came here for this. Was not disappointed.

      • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

        Likewise. Eric does not disappoint.

    • Miguel Ripoll

      Well done. HIMYM FTW!

    • DannyDPX

      Was hoping someone would post this :)

    • Dave Sleep

      I dont know WTF this is but now I can't stop watching...
      Help me....

    • michael bourgoin

      why did i not know about this? awesome

    • Kent Andersen

      Almost as good as being rickrolled

    • Steve Freeman

      I don't know you, but I hate you now.

      • Jed Mosley

        Robin Sparkles > your opinion

    • brandon johnson

      Came here to post this. +1

    • Karol Klimczak

      first thing i thought about!

    • Karol Klimczak

      first thing i thought about!

  • Andrew Loiacono

    I enjoyed the read. Made me laugh :)

  • Dinofan01

    "The one downside to this nifty new feature is that it doesn't actually show where in the mall you can find the store"

    Isn't that why they have the 'View in Maps' option? Google maps actually has the floor plans for a lot of malls. If you really wanted to know where they are you just have to click that button.

  • Abraham

    I took some co-workers that are visiting out yesterday to a mall in Hollywood, CA. While I was there I happened to open Google Now to see if it remembered where I parked (It did) and saw this.
    I took some screenshots, but was unsure if it was something new or not. It is quite nice!
    Good read AP.

  • Rob Johnson

    I'm assuming this is America only?

    • Roger

      No one is as lazy as us Americans. We need this more ;)

      • My name is….

        gotta +1 for the self sarcasm

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/eric-ravenscraft/ Eric Ravenscraft

      Yeah, malls haven't rolled out to other countries yet.

      • Jonathan Handoyo

        that screenshot is singapore mall, so i'm assuming it works outside of US. although that mall is very near my home, i've never tested that functionality at tampines mall.

      • sa

        Of course, malls are available in other countries. Its only crap made by Google that isnt.

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  • Joey M

    I frequently use Point Inside [ https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.pointinside.android.app ] for this. Given the lack of floor plan and attempt at GPS location (works well for outdoor malls), I think I'd stick with that for now. Still cool to see the advancement and might be handy for the "Remind me when I'm at ____" reminders.

    • http://turbofool.com Jarrett Lennon Kaufman

      Google Maps itself has full floor plans of malls, though.

  • blairh

    I'm at the mall right now. Google Now told me where my car is parked, when I parked it, and what stores are in this mall. Both cool and scary.

    • HolyFreakingCrap

      I wonder who else they told.

  • http://turbofool.com Jarrett Lennon Kaufman

    Assuming it's a multi-story garage, not to mention well-shielded against GPS signal, I don't have high hopes for the parking reminder there. Best it'll likely do for me is remind me what building I parked in.

    • Brad

      no, it definitely only shows your area... like... an address... or cross streets.

  • Mayoo

    is this another US only feature?

    • Adam Warner

      The Friary is in Guildford which is in the UK

    • Goldust

      And Tampines Mall is in Singapore

  • dlbradford24

    I remember a past Google map update that showed you a map of the malls layout. Is that still their..

  • rap

    Should add interior map and definitely a link to the malls web site.

  • Timothy Anderson

    I suppose, if you want to know where it is in the mall, you could open Google Maps. It even shows the floors individually. It does not always have All the stores, but it is getting better.

  • Crispin Swickard

    I hope someday they enable the translucent nav bars in the app when not accessed from GNL...

  • tlingitsoldier

    So this feature only works while you're physically located at the mall? I just tried searching for my local mall, and only got the standard business listing that shows in Google Now.

    I agree with others that Google needs to link the stores to indoor map locations. It seems like that would be a trivial thing for them to add. Then again, there are several seemingly trivial things that Google has completely ignored for ages.

  • Matthew Fry

    Allllmost useful.

  • Zimmerman

    Sweet

  • Cat Astrophy

    "Maybe it's an old mall in a new town"

    This doesn't make any sense

    • JG

      A pre-existing mall in a town you haven't been to yet...

  • A2theC

    Just use point inside app for in mall navigation