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Google Brings Maps Indoors

Google Brings Maps Indoors

Google released Google Maps 6.0 for Android. The latest version of Maps now has the ability to help you navigate inside of buildings. With the launch, Google has partnered with some of the largest retailers, airports and transit stations in the U.S. and Japan to provide maps. As Google says, this is just the start: The company is planning to add new indoor maps for public places throughout the world. Other new features with Google Maps 6.0 for Android include a drop-down menu to help you jump from one feature to another within the application and a new Places home screen that now includes popular searches for your current location.

 

Go indoors with Google Maps 6.0 for Android

Tuesday, November 29, 2011 | 9:35 AM - Google Maps for mobile had its sixth birthday earlier this month and we’re celebrating by releasing the next generation of Google Maps for Android, which is first to get indoor Google Maps—announced moments ago on the Official Google Blog. We also have two other great additions in this release: a new way to switch between features in the toolbar and a new Places home screen.

Mapping the vast indoors

When you’re inside an airport, shopping mall, retail store, or other public space, Google Maps 6.0 for Android brings the freestanding map directory to the palm of your hands -- helping you determine where you are, what floor you're on, and where to go indoors. For example, in this busy travel season, you can use Google Maps 6.0 to help you find your way around airports.

Detailed floor plans automatically appear when you’re viewing the map and zoomed-in on a building where indoor map data is available. The familiar “blue dot” icon indicates your location within several meters, and when you move up or down a level in a building with multiple floors, the map will automatically update to display which floor you’re on.

See the full announcement for more details or to demo indoor Google Maps, start here.

Switching between features gets easier

When you open Google Maps for Android, you can do many things: view your location on the map, discover where to go with Places, get GPS turn-by-turn directions with Navigation, check in to share your location, and more. We wanted to make it easier to hop from one feature to another; so, we’ve added a drop-down menu to the top toolbar for quick access.

We hope this menu helps you get to your favorite parts of Google Maps faster or shows you some features you haven’t tried yet.

Discovering what’s great nearby with the new Places home screen

The new Places home screen includes popular searches for your current location, so you can find the best spots in any area you travel.

To start using Google Maps 6.0 for Android, download the update from Android Market. This update works for Android OS 2.1+ devices everywhere Google Maps is currently available.

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Very cool though I am a bit surprised that this is being allowed with places like Airports. It would be nice to go to museums and always have an updated map :)

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this for airports would be fantastic. imagine knowing exactly where you layover is - in an airport you've never been too. hell you could figure it out on the way to the gate.

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Now if it can only show me the way to the girls locker room.................................................................................................. (joking)

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"I think its cool, but how long will it take for it to get misused by terrorist, psychopaths and young misguided college or high school students. Isn't this too much, a well coordinated attack on a Airport, a Mall, a college campus could very well be done using this tech. How much more gruesome would the Columbine High School massacre be if it was today. I know they did not mention any Schools, but will they expand this service to feature schools too?."

"Side note, the voice in the second video sounds like Jen, the editor of this article , I almost thought it was her, or is it? What a Coincidence."

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OptimusPrimeTime:
how long will it take for it to get misused by terrorist, psychopaths and young misguided college or high school students. Isn't this too much, a well coordinated attack on a Airport, a Mall, a college campus could very well be done using this tech. How much more gruesome would the Columbine High School massacre be if it was today.

Luckily they provide no information about where the cameras are, where the security detail may be, what type of materials used and the intricate details of the room/building (note that building blueprints and the maps that Google provides are completely different things.) or what security precautions they may be taking; therefore your fear of a terrorist attack is no higher then it was before.

Besides, whenever you go to an airport; you can feel safe knowing that nothing bad will happen.

Also schools may not be mentioned but there are ways for a massacre to happen; granted you don't need to know the blueprints, just walk in and shoot at anything that even breathes. It's scary, very scary indeed.

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This is like what Microsoft did with Malls fo WP7 but kicking it up a notch.

Hopefully it works better than the MS variant as it doesn't show up for al malls and sometimes it's incomplete.

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I think that it's a great idea to help people get around in ~the public areas~ of public places. If it shows where all of the security areas, maintenance tunnels, and electric panels are, then it's a bust.

I'll use this in some places for sure. (like in a shopping mall)

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Google Maps, MTV 'Cribs', etc. Put them all together and a heistman would love to be working in the 21st century. No need to spend time sourcing a floorplan.

I don't know how I feel about this. I'm the sort that likes finding out things 'the old way', by asking and looking around.

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I think this is a great idea, it will make planning trips out even easier. I love how Google is always thinking up new ways to simplify our lives.

As for the paranoia, the places listed are all public so anybody would be able to 'case them' regardless of Google mapping them out or not.

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Time to plot my -sniped-... :P

This is indeed a nice new feature to have added, very convenient considering everyone(almost) has a smartphone now a days.

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Very Helpful for the Mall of America!!!

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