Nov 29 AT 1:55 PM Edgar Cervantes 47 Comments

Video: Google Maps 6.0 hits the market with Indoor Navigation

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Google Maps has been one of Android users’ best friends. Even before Android, this nifty service has been a life-saver for all of us, letting us know our whereabouts and how to get to our destinations. Though getting to a place is itself an important task, sometimes buildings are so huge (airports, malls, etc.) that we tend to get lost in them. Wouldn’t it be great if Google could help us navigate inside buildings as well? Well, the new Google Maps update is here to do just that!

As a celebration of Google Maps for Mobile’s sixth birthday (earlier this month), the Search Giant has released version 6.0 of what could be our most productive application. With this new update, Google has given us Indoor Navigation, along with a toolbar to switch between features, and a new Places home screen.

That is right, my friends. You can now use Navigation inside many public buildings. (For a full list of current available locations, click here). Finding your way around the airport, mall, etc. will be as simple as a few taps. No more asking around and walking endlessly to find a restroom or a certain area of the building. Google Maps now tells you where you are, inside of the building, even including the floor on which you are located. Hopefully most popular buildings will be available for Indoor Navigation shortly. We will never be lost again.

Aside from indoor navigation, Google has thrown in a couple of other new features in the new Google Maps update. One of them is a new tool bar, meant to make it easier to jump from feature to feature. Simply hit the drop-down menu at the top, and Google Maps will display all the different features that can be accessed. (See image in the left-side).

The third new feature is a new Places homepage. It’s what you can expect from Google Places. Want to look for a good place to go around your area? Simply check Google Places, and it’ll find the closest locations to whatever it is you would like to find (restaurants, cafes, bars).

Head to the Android Market and download this update! The only requirement is that you have Android 2.1 or above, so you have to have a very rare device for this update to be incompatible.  Don’t forget to check out the videos, and let us know what you think!

Have you guys tried the new features yet? I believe Indoor Navigation will definitely make a huge difference in our everyday lives. Are you guys looking forward to using it?

Via: The Official Google Blog

Source: Google Mobile Blog

Hello, I am Edgar Cervantes. I am an avid Android fan, and keeping myself updated on the topic is part of my daily life. I will always work hard to give the best of me to our community of Android enthusiasts, and I am very honored to be part of this ship. Hopefully we can all enjoy sharing our knowledge and opinions!

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  • WarDrake

    TSA shutting down the android market in 3… 2… 1…

  • Vmax77

    Google is on the update spree!!! Bring it on!!

  • iamXiV92a

    Yet another thing the iPhone CAN’T do :)

    • TWiT Commander

      “Siri, I need to go to the washroom! Where’s the nearest washroom in this mall?”

      “I’m sorry Steve, my servers are overloaded right now. You should have put on adult diapers.”

    • ihatefanboys

      Exactly ! But IPHONE fans will say they dont need it, they never ,ever, get lost indoors…..till they do….. then APPLE will come out with this feature and suddenly they cant live without it, and of course Apple would have invented it too…… in 2007 or something…….lol…crazy Apple fans

    • ishbuggy

      Is it better than the Point Inside app? I think that is on the iPhone.

    • otta

      Point Inside is available on iPhone, and has over 1,000 venues mapped.

  • MarkT

    This will really help in some of the worlds largest, busiest places. Airports, colleges etc. Especially for some people, such as my son with Autism. He would rather be lost than ask someone the way…Well done Google!!

    • Cole Loomis

      That is exactly what I was thinking.

      After growing up in Florida and going to the theme parks in Orlando a lot, I would really like to see better maps of the big parks.

      On the note of colleges, I think that that is a good area for Google to put some focus. I am working in a research lab at my school, and we are in the process of inputting our campus into the latest Google Earth API to try to achieve something similar to this to put on our website.

  • roamdeus

    This would definitely be a great update. I use Google maps all the time if its either me looking for directions or looking it up for someone else. Now I don’t need those confusing maps at the mall that’s great….. +1 that

  • EwanRGR

    I still wish they would add a “Street View” version of popular National Park trails. It would be great on a rough day to be able to get “away” to the mountains for 15 minutes or so!

  • Lamont

    The link you put up for the list of places supported says indoor maps requires 2.2 and above.

  • Jose

    I wounder if this would work at theme Parks…

    • azswift

      You’d think theme parts would want this so people could preview the parks.

  • reycito

    Even you can upload your floor plan, just for USA at the moment.

    Hope to test it later here, south of the border

    • tengo

      Nice find in the details. This would be great if businesses start uploading their floor plans and it takes off. I can see this being useful at Universities.

  • RAWLogic

    I might never have to look for a bathroom again?….. :O

  • NegativeOne13

    Now hallway view in a building would be legit. Google better be buying a few Mini Coopers… Italian job this stuff.

  • bwmanx

    Wonder if it works for Mall of America.

    • John Walker

      It is supposed to, according to their site. I have yet to figure out how to actually “look” inside buildings

      • RonD

        Yes, zoom in on the MOA and you can see inside. I think if you double tap MOA it zooms in to see the inside detail. There is an icon on the right to pick which of the 4 levels you want to view.

  • Nathan

    Sweet now I can look inside a place with out leaving my couch O.o

  • ndub21

    This is awesome! Now I’ll never get lost in the Galleria again! Sometimes I think they can’t make this app any better, but yet they continually go and do it! Only thing on my wish list is a spedometer to show how fast i’m going.

  • spintrex

    Great update for google maps, can’t wait to see it implemented as vast as street view has become. Only question I have is how would it know what floor you are on, would this only apply to new devices that have an internal barometer?

  • Futureboy

    Checking out O’Hare International Airport right now.

    There is also a distance calculator that can do multiple points.
    It’s approx .3 miles from the front drop-off to the farthest gate in the “H” wing in Terminal 3.

    How cool is that!

  • Mighty_O

    awesome! will check it out!

  • Ironzey

    The big news is Location History through your phone. Great update.

  • Kwills 88

    Wouldn’t be surprised if the US government don’t say this post a terrorist threat >_>

  • Musicsessions

    Phones equipped with a barometer *ahem* (the Galaxy Nexus) are supposed to provide more accuracy when moving between different floors (height). At least that’s what I gathered from one of the earlier articles explaining the barometer’s uses in smartphones.

  • itzxdjx

    Can’t wait for apple to implement this and people will ignore that Google did it first. On another note can Google get any better!?

    • AndroidJunkie

      Hey this thought reminds me of the Samsung’s Galaxy S II commercial where the apple fans are in NYC waiting in a line outside. The isheep blindly discredit the better phone, and say they just like the retro feel of the iphone. :)

  • Dev-CreativeReach

    This is great but how many public buildings will this be available in? No more getting lost in the super market.

    • Futureboy

      That should make The Clash happy.

  • Chuxter

    I want this to show a map of my house. Sometimes I get lost… I’ve been stuck in here for weeks and I’m running out of food! HELP ME!

    • Chuxter

      Help me Google+1-Mapobi… you’re my only hope!

  • James K

    I think this is crap. Shops and dealers switch so often because of bankruptcy you simply cant rely on gmaps notes! You better ask the locals or neighborhood coons for reliable info.

    • Dev-CreativeReach

      Yes like how many times does my local Walmart reorganize? about every six months! completely new isles and all.

  • AndroidJunkie

    I could see this being helpful at airports.

    ‘navigate to terminal B gate 10′ …go go go!

  • VT

    When will Google Maps navigation be available in India?

  • Emmy Horstkamp

    This will be helpful in more than airports. Try any location where you don’t know the language and in places that are enormous like sporting arenas. I was thinking this would be a cool app to have for different sports so that you can find your freaking seat!

  • melvinjavier

    haha, wish that the robbers here don’t have a google maps, because if that happens, om my! hoping banks won’t show shorcut routes lol

  • ishbuggy

    So is it better than Point Inside?

    • otta

      Not yet. Point Inside has loads more venues already mapped.

  • donger

    nice, why wasn’t this out when i was at mall of america. lol

  • GUI_Center

    Keeps getting better and better! Can’t wait to see whats up their sleeve in the future.

  • ericwilborn

    That’s amazing! I can’t wait to see this!