Google Maps update

Tired of looking lost outdoors, staring at Google Maps on your smartphone like a total tourist? Now you can have that same experience indoors with Google Maps 6.0! Google's taking maps inside, offering up floor plans at some of the largest retailers and airports in the U.S. and Japan. Also, the UI's been reworked a little bit, with a quick-selection menu up top to bounce between Maps, Places, Navigattion, Check in, Latitude, Location History and My Places.

Check out the videos after the break for a closer look, and hit the links below to see the indoor locations Google currently has mapped, and how to add your business.

Source: Google Blog; More: Indoor Maps availability; how to add floorplans


Youtube link for mobile viewing



Youtube link for mobile viewing
 

Reader comments

Google Maps goes indoors in Version 6.0

23 Comments

Nice Idea, but many devices have GPS problems indoors.

One hopes they have all the building routers mapped to the inch, because getting a satellite view is impossible in most northern latitude malls.

There was a time were we used maps with without GPS. Having access to map information for the inside of a store or mall is very useful, even if we have to relearn how to locate ourselves on a map.

Hmm... I've been using my EVO 3D for several months now - and use it extensively for navigation when I travel out of town (travel at least twice a month - and use nav on my 3D) - it has never had a problem in locking onto the GPS signal... even in cloudy/rainy weather, it locks on within 10 seconds or so - max!

Funny thing is that somehow, my 3D (and the EVO 4G before this) would somehow seem to lock onto GPS just as quickly even when I am sitting indoors!

If you have a 3D that is having issues with GPS, (assuming you are running stock ROM), you should probably get it looked at/replaced by Sprint.

(Oh, the other signals work fine too - I don't have 4G coverage in my home area, so can't speak to that)

It's only in Navigation, not in Maps. When in Navigation you press Menu -> More -> Settings -> Screen Dimming.

Okay I am also getting jealous now that you are using a Galaxy Nexus while I am still stuck on Milestone1.

The fact you called it a "Milestone" instead of "Droid" tells me you have no excuse to not be using a Nexus right now. (Unless you're in Canada and stuck on a 3-year contract, in which case, I apologize.)

Us Americans are waiting on Verizon to pull its head out of its ass.

I've had this idea for an app for a long time. Walk into a mall (grocery store, airport, etc.) and have a full map come on your phone automatically . Didn't think of integrating it with google maps, very cool. Hopefully within the next year all public places such as those will be fully mapped out

Airports is awesome, but I hardly even get to use one. Malls are cool but come on that is no big deal.

Add Hospitals! Now that would be freaking useful! Most of the time we end up in hospitals without warning, or are there to visit somebody, either way you really have no idea where you are going and hospital signs are always hard to follow.

Oh did anybody notice in the video it says "in Google Maps for Android"? I wonder if they are going to keep this off of the iPhone LOL.

Well, that's exactly what I meant when I said GPS accuracy is way off at times when you are inside a building or surrounded by walls. You will know where you are only when the GPS catches you accurately.

And does that also mean, very soon we will see Google Street View cameras inside Airports, Malls and the very comfort of our homes? ;)

Anyone notice that after updating the battery life is REALLY bad?! I updated, and my phone was at 50%, now it's down to 20% after only an hour. My phone is warmer than usual also.

Which app is using up the battery? (I updated yesterday, and battery life is still the same - though I haven't used maps much since updating it yesterday)