Google Indoor Maps for Android

Google Maps indoor layoutsGoogle is bringing its mapping technology to indoors with the launch of Google Maps 6.0 on Tuesday. This technology will enable users of mobile devices Android OS 2.1 or higher to get directions to an IKEA, Macy’s or one of many airports. The users will also be able to find ATMs or housewares or flight gates once inside the building.

Inside mapping technology by Google will similarly as that for outside. This mapping technology will show a short blue arrow of yours on the screen. The technology will also enable the users to know, which floor they are. Steve Lee, director of product management for Google, called this as “the third dimension of mapping.”

It is interesting news but is still limited in usage as Google has 18 partner airports including Chicago O’Hare International Airport, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport and San Francisco International Airport.

Lee said,

“While we are super proud of this launch, it is still a small slice of indoor public spaces in the world. The goal is to get to where we can deliver detailed maps for all indoor spaces.”

Google Maps 6.0 is still unavailable to non-Android platforms and its updates are available from Android Market.

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