Google has just released an updated version of its Google Maps Android app bringing in a nice feature or should I say bringing the features indoors. The app now enables you to figure out where you are and see where you might want to go whenever inside a building or establishment. So now when you’re viewing a map, detailed floor plans automatically appear when you’re viewing the map and zoomed in on a building where indoor map data is available. There will be the familiar “blue dot” icon indicating your location within several meters. When you move up or down a level, the will automatically update to display which floors you’re on. This new feature is similar to the “My Location” for outdoor spaces and were just fine tuned for indoor mapping. Google Maps for indoors is currently available in the U.S. and Japan and Google has partnered with the following retailers and locations:
- Mall of America, IKEA, The Home Depot, select Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s, Daimaru, Takashimaya and Mitsukoshi locations and more. Watch an IKEA demo here.
- Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL), Chicago O’Hare (ORD), San Francisco International Airport (SFO) and Narita International (NRT), among others.
- JR and Tokyu Corporation