The rise in the utilization of GPS services and Google Maps etc have made ultra easy for users to find their way out in the sun. However it is still a problem to find a way out in packed closed buildings or big malls or perhaps airports for that matter.But with the introduction of brand new Google Maps 6.0 for Android updates, the problem is not a problem anymore. With the latest features, Google has expanded its maps coverage to confound in it not just the cities and countries but some heavily packed indoor spaces.
“When you’re inside an airport, shopping mall or retail store, a common way to figure out where you are is to look for a freestanding map directory or ask an employee for help,” Google said via its Lat Log Blog. “With the release of Google Maps 6.0 for Android, that directory is brought to the palm of your hands, helping you determine where you are, what floor you’re on and where to go indoors.”
Users using Android smartphones and tablets will now be able to see the floor plans of a particular building in detail, all they have to do is to zoom in on the building and the indoor map data will be made available. The well known “blue dot” icon represents a user’s location and it is automatically changes whenever a user changes direction.
The company informed that it has already collaborated with various retailers and transit centers to provide its users handy indoor maps. Some of these includes the Mall of America in Minneapolis, IKEA, The Home Depot, various Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s locations, Chicago O’Hare airport, San Francisco International Airport and Narita International airport in Tokyo.
And thats not all for the users. With Google Maps 6.0 Android users can also now quickly navigate through the features with the help of a special tool. The features include determining the location on the map and getting the GPS directions, finding out what all restaurants and hotels you may find nearby. Along with that a new home screen is also been added to display Placers Feature which showcases all the popular searches for current locations.
The brand new mobile software is open to be downloaded from the Android Market for Android OS 2.1+ devices.