Google Maps Gets Indoor Directions, Offers Integration

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In the fall of last year, Google updated Maps for Android to version 6.0, bringing with it, among other things, new map data showing the layout of indoor areas like shopping malls and airports. That was great for getting your bearings, but if you wanted Google’s help leading you around, you were still out of luck. That all changes today, as Google releases a new Maps update supporting directions for these indoor areas.

Google Maps 6.7 will give you walking directions that cover both indoor and outdoor map data, especially useful if you’re planning something along the lines of a shopping excursion to a pedestrian mall that includes several enclosed structures.

That’s not the only new feature Google’s introducing with this latest Maps release, also including support for panoramic images within stores themselves. This new imagery is accessible after pulling-up information on a business by clicking on the “see inside” option.

Finally, Google throws-in a little vertical integration by building Google Offers into Maps, letting you know about deals from local businesses. You can check these out in a traditional list view, or overlay Offers data onto the map display, giving you a better sense of which you’re closest to.

You can check out a video of the new Offers features below, and snag the updated app for yourself in the Google Play store.

Source: Google

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