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Google Maps 6.0 for Android adds Indoor Maps

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Google Maps 6.0 for Android adds Indoor Maps
Google Maps 6.0 has hit the Android Market, and the update brings some cool new features like Indoor Maps for select malls and airports as well as a new Places homescreen and menu to switch between features.

The minor updates include a new dropdown menu, which allows you to quickly switch between the different sub-apps of Google Maps like Navigation, Places, Latitude, Places, Location History, and My Places, and a new Places homescreen, which includes popular searches to make finding things easier.

Google Maps 6.0 for Android adds Indoor Maps
Google Maps 6.0 for Android adds Indoor Maps
The big update though is one that we've been looking forward to for a while: Indoor Maps. Google has done well to map the outside world, but now Maps is going inside starting with certain malls and airports, so it can help you find your way even when you are inside. To start, the service covers a number of airports across America as well as a few malls, and various Macy's, Ikea, Home Depot and Bloomingdale's locations, as well as some airports, train stations and buildings in Japan. However, the service should grow fairly quickly, because Google has included a pretty easy way for business owners to upload floor plans to the service.

Of course, this update is Android only. And, while there's no real reason why Indoor Maps couldn't be cross-platform eventually, they are showing up only on Android right now, not even on the web.

source: Google Mobile Blog, Indoor Maps location list, Upload a floor plan

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posted on 29 Nov 2011, 14:25 2

1. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


wow, thats instant service. i just G+'ed the link out.. ha! :)


OK, now that G-maps has gone indoor.. whats left? outter space? navigate mars?

posted on 29 Nov 2011, 14:38 8

4. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2614; Member since: 26 May 2011)


Mars is done:http://www.google.com/mars/
and outer space has been partially done:http://www.google.com/sky/http://www.google.com/mobile/skymap/
oh, and the Moon too:http://moon.google.com
and the ocean:http://earth.google.com/ocean/

Anything else you need mapped?

posted on 29 Nov 2011, 14:42 4

5. jdrevolution (Posts: 87; Member since: 07 Oct 2011)


For the men: A women's brain, for the women: a man's brain. The critical difference? Clothes and beer+sandwhichs. Can we map the rest?

posted on 29 Nov 2011, 18:15

13. ibap (Posts: 675; Member since: 09 Sep 2009)


First you have to locate the "man's brain" - and I'll leave you to guess where to find it...

posted on 29 Nov 2011, 14:43

6. tacohunter (Posts: 408; Member since: 06 Nov 2011)


Yeap, the nearest habitable planet pls.

posted on 29 Nov 2011, 14:48 1

8. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


hahahah..

wow.. ok, got me there :) I shouldnt be surprised though..lol.


hey, wheres mercury and venus? Titan? We are sending probes to titan to look for life.. are you telling me there is no map?? how will they know where to go without google-interstellar-nav? :)

posted on 29 Nov 2011, 14:53 2

9. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


ooh.. the google moon one was pretty cool. I couldnt find any transformer wrecks though by the Apollo landers. :)

mars one was kind of a let down. same photo just run over n over again. :(

i knew the oceans got done.. that was like maps 3.0 or 4.0 wasnt it?


EDIT
HEY!! the moon one is the same.. they only show a small part of the moon, replayed over n over n over again. WTH!! Maybe there really is an alien robot ship crash landed on the dark side? lol

posted on 29 Nov 2011, 14:44 1

7. tacohunter (Posts: 408; Member since: 06 Nov 2011)


Exact same post in other articles, btw.

posted on 29 Nov 2011, 14:32 4

3. tacohunter (Posts: 408; Member since: 06 Nov 2011)


That lookes awesome. Google is doing some great work here.

posted on 29 Nov 2011, 16:24 2

10. Sniggly (Posts: 6474; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


This is awesome all by itself. Even more awesome because the latest Apple rumor on its next service was a map service that would do this, and now Google is like \"haha, in b4 Apple.\" :D

posted on 29 Nov 2011, 17:13 1

12. Lucas777 (Posts: 2121; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)


ya but microsoft was like in b4 google... they did this first...

posted on 29 Nov 2011, 20:35 1

18. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


did they? when? i havent heard of it.

posted on 29 Nov 2011, 21:11 1

20. Lucas777 (Posts: 2121; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)


get a windows phone.. i have been using it since mango a long time ago

posted on 29 Nov 2011, 23:42 1

21. Ivan6479 (Posts: 243; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


A long time ago huh? I thought Mango has only been out for a few months?

posted on 30 Nov 2011, 09:36

23. Lucas777 (Posts: 2121; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)


developer preview flashed to my focus… thats been since like the beginning of summer.. i dont even remember

posted on 29 Nov 2011, 17:01

11. lukasound (Posts: 149; Member since: 16 Nov 2011)


does anyone know where i can find the apk? update is not available in my country?!?! Croatia... that's weird...

posted on 29 Nov 2011, 18:16

14. gallitoking (Posts: 4630; Member since: 17 May 2011)


I guess fandroids do have a clue...well actually they have a map.... another reason to never leave their room... hmmm (being sarcastic fandroids.. dont get up in arms... from your phone)....

posted on 29 Nov 2011, 18:25 2

15. Sniggly (Posts: 6474; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


So. When I make a joke and you bitch about it and I clue you in that it\'s a joke, you claim that I\'m backpedaling or whatever... but I\'m suddenly supposed to be A-okay with whatever insults you want to come up with, so long as you claim you\'re joking?

posted on 29 Nov 2011, 18:46

16. gallitoking (Posts: 4630; Member since: 17 May 2011)


ok Sniggly it seems that you are not ok... talk to me.. tell me your feelings... in 10 words or less..

posted on 29 Nov 2011, 19:23 2

17. Sniggly (Posts: 6474; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


Here it is in two words: double standards.

posted on 29 Nov 2011, 23:46 1

22. Ivan6479 (Posts: 243; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


I've got it in one word: iTard

posted on 29 Nov 2011, 20:36 3

19. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


the primary reason for not leaving the house isnt google maps

its big couch + beer + skyrim = never leaving. :)

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