Google Maps 6.0 for Android Introduces Indoor Map Support

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Google continues to add great new features to Maps, making it so much more than just a simple atlas. Whether it’s implementing transit schedules, or information on live, local events, the company always seems to have something new to help flesh-out the Maps experience. The latest new feature arrives with the introduction of Google Maps 6.0 on Android devices, adding indoor floorplans to its box of tricks.

When you zoom-in far enough on supported buildings, Google Maps will now display detailed indoor maps, instead of just showing blank space. Places that will see the indoor treatment are facilities like shopping malls and airports. For multi-level structures, Google Maps will use your location data to keep track of what floor you’re on, updating your display as you make your way through the building. We’re a little concerned with just how well that feature will work, but luckily, you can always just manually step through which floor you’d like displayed.

In addition to the indoor support, Google’s including a new Places home screen, which shows popular searches that have been conducted in your vicinity, as well as a new drop-down navigation bar to help you quickly move from one part of the app to another.

Google Maps 6.0 is available in the Android Market currently.

Source: Google

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