Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Google Maps 6.0 for Android released, comes with Indoor maps

Google Maps for Android version 6.0 is now available on Android market. The feature updates first:

  1.  Indoor maps (beta) are now available for select airports, shopping malls, and more. Learn more at
  2. Menu added to the top toolbar for easy switching between common features.
  3. Updated home screen for Places, now with popular searches based on your location.
  4. Option to disable automatic screen dimming for Navigation.
As you can see, the most interesting part is "indoor maps".  With this feature, you will now be able to view the building layouts (for selected buildings). For example, the next time when you are heading to airport that is added to indoor maps, you can zoom in to the airport building to see what's availalbe in the airport, the floor plan etc. It seems that Google will even recognize which floor you are on and thereby giving better detail on what is available nearby.
Here's a short video showcasing Indoor maps:

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