Google Maps for Android going indoors in new update


San Francisco International Airport before and after, with 3D tilt.

Google Maps for Android has received a new update that brings the version number up to 6.0. As explained in a new entry on Google's official blog site, the 6.0 update allows Android smartphone and tablet users to take a look inside some large public buildings for the first time.

That includes a number of major international airport terminals such as San Francisco International Airport. As you can see in the above image, the Google Maps version on the left shows the old way of viewing the terminal building while the new 6.0 version of Google Maps shows a number of gate locations as well as other landmarks inside the building. Microsoft previously launched an update for its Bing Maps service in October 2011 that also shows what's inside a number of airport terminals in the US.

Google Maps 6.0 for Android also lets users see what's inside a number of US retail malls such as the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota, and the Vallco Shopping Mall in Cupertino, California. A number of retail store locations for Macy's, Bloomingdale's, Ikea and Home Depot are also shown with inside information in the new Google Maps. You can check out a full list of what floor plans for retail locations are supported on Google's web site. The update supports locations only in the US and Japan at the moment.

Google plans to add even more public building floor plans in the coming months to Google Maps for Android. It is inviting businesses to add their own building floor plans for Google Maps at this web site.

Image via Google

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it might be possible that inside stores or malls where the strength of the wifi signals will triangulate your location, and based on that give you ads on nearby stores.

Well, this whole thing is still in the works so yeah, this would be really nice when entering a large mall and you hate maps.

Microsoft previously launched an update for its Bing Maps service in October 2011 that also shows what's inside a number of airport terminals in the US.

...in addition to Bing adding Malls and large venues that was introduced last year.

Really, this is the type of 'informed' writing we are getting?

what the hell?

i have Google map 5.8 in my Galaxy S2

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why does it say my phone is not compatible for v6

how the heck i am supposed to update it?????

Weird - You should have at least be up to 5.12 now as that was definitely compatible. Dunno about V6 but I have it running on mine - I'm on CyanogenMod however so that prolly has something to do with it.

SHoTTa35 said,
Weird - You should have at least be up to 5.12 now as that was definitely compatible. Dunno about V6 but I have it running on mine - I'm on CyanogenMod however so that prolly has something to do with it.

then it it is day of rage!

Down Down Touchwiz! time to go CM

Ci7 said,

then it it is day of rage!

Down Down Touchwiz! time to go CM

I had 5.12 too on Androidmeda rom. Have you changed your DPI, that can cause market issues.

cRuNcHiE said,

I had 5.12 too on Androidmeda rom. Have you changed your DPI, that can cause market issues.


never touched dpi

i was actually say, i am tempted to try mod rom Vs stock sammy one

Ci7 said,
what the hell?

i have Google map 5.8 in my Galaxy S2

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why does it say my phone is not compatible for v6

how the heck i am supposed to update it?????

Hmmm i already had version 6 and I didn't even know it. I am running CheckROM though.

It is probably moreso for checking out what the places look like inside ahead of time not finding your way around form within them.

How is that supposed to work, once you are indoors? Don't you loose the GPS signal? Or is this only for manual scrolling on the map?

Odom said,
How is that supposed to work, once you are indoors? Don't you loose the GPS signal? Or is this only for manual scrolling on the map?

There could be offline support when GPS is not available or use nearby wireless towers to get approximate pinpoint of your location.

Estienne Taylor said,

There could be offline support when GPS is not available or use nearby wireless towers to get approximate pinpoint of your location.


Offline GPS would be nice, but the GPS in cars is more evolved and they don't even do this properly once you are in a tunnel.
Using nearby wireless towers, well, that was there since maps for mobiles was launched. But this is highly inaccurate, already when you walk the streets, let alone when indoors so the maps take you to the exact shop you're looking for

Odom said,

Offline GPS would be nice, but the GPS in cars is more evolved and they don't even do this properly once you are in a tunnel.
Using nearby wireless towers, well, that was there since maps for mobiles was launched. But this is highly inaccurate, already when you walk the streets, let alone when indoors so the maps take you to the exact shop you're looking for

It works by the Carrier Network .

Odom said,
How is that supposed to work, once you are indoors? Don't you loose the GPS signal? Or is this only for manual scrolling on the map?

It uses cells placed in buildings that have a short range plus wifi

Odom said,
How is that supposed to work, once you are indoors? Don't you loose the GPS signal? Or is this only for manual scrolling on the map?

GPS is pretty strong now a days. Plus it uses the carrier network and wifi signals.