Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Google Maps goes indoors

We just launched a killer new feature on Google Maps for Android: indoor maps! Initial coverage includes some of the largest retailers, airports and transit stations in the U.S. and Japan:

"Google Maps for Android is fantastic. Between its free GPS Navigation feature, speedy downloads thanks to vector-based maps, and offline caching, the app is leagues ahead of the Maps app on iOS. And it keeps getting better. Today, Maps for Android is getting upgraded to version 6.0, and it includes a long-anticipated feature that presents a huge technical challenge: indoor maps." -- Jason Kincaid, TechCrunch

"Google’s Maps team has made fantastic advances in surveying and mapping seemingly every square inch of navigable ground on the planet. But for mobile users, those maps have always stopped just short of indoor spaces — until now." -- Mike Isaac, Wired

"Some malls and airports can be just as tricky to navigate as a city you don't know. Google Maps for Android now has help, in the form of indoor maps that locate you within a few meters, whatever floor you're on, and show you the shops, facilities, and other things you're looking for." -- Kevin Purdy, Lifehacker

More details in the blog post on the Official Google blog...

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