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Google Goes Indoors with Google Maps 6.0 for Android

Friday, December 2, 2011 by cyberacoustics

There are a lot of options out there on your smartphone to lead you from point A to point B. But what if you are in a mall trying to find a certain store, or even in an airport looking for something to eat? GPS has made it easy to navigate the outdoors, but once you go inside, you can’t always depend on it. Or can you?

In Google Maps 6.0 for Android, which Google introduced on Tuesday, it’s enhanced its coverage to include heavily trafficked indoor spaces. Locations include the Mall of America in Minneapolis, IKEA, The Home Depot, various Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s stores, Chicago O’Hare Airport, San Francisco International Airport, and Narita International Airport in Tokyo.

"When you’re inside an airport, shopping mall or retail store, a common way to figure out where you are is to look for a freestanding map directory or ask an employee for help,” Google said on its blog. “With the release of Google Maps 6.0 for Android, that directory is brought to the palm of your hands, helping you determine where you are, what floor you’re on and where to go indoors.”

Android smartphone (and tablet!) users can see detailed floor plans on their devices when they zoom in on a building where indoor map data is available. The familiar “blue dot” icon indicates a user’s location. Best of all, it even automatically updates when they switch floors.

Getting lost is becoming harder and harder these days and for certain members of the male gender who can never seem to ask for directions, well, here’s your Christmas gift.

Happy Shopping!

-Steve Murphy, CA CFO

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