Google Maps has always helped us to plan our trips, or find way when we thought we’re lost. But Maps always dropped you at the front door of your destination, to help you get lost again once you get inside a mall, airport or a retail store.
This time, Google has launched a striking new feature with Google Maps 6.0 for Android, allowing users to navigate their way through the indoors of some specific malls & airports.
San Francisco Airport before & after Indoor Google Maps
So now dump that You-are-here map standing lonely at the airport & grab your Android to get to the luggage area in time!
The familiar blue dot shows your approximate location when indoors & the Maps show the floor plan. As soon as you move up or down a level in a multistory building, the interface will automatically update to display which floor you’re on.
Mall of America before & after Indoor Google Maps
Besides, you can always manually choose which floor to show maps for.Though currently, the indoor maps are only available for select large retailers, airports and transit stations in the U.S. and Japan, like Mall of America, IKEA, Chicago O’Hare (ORD), San Francisco International Airport (SFO) & more.
In a recent update to Google Maps, Google added 3D graphics to the map & satellite view. If you have a supported browser, (Chrome 14+ or Firefox 8+) then head over to Google Maps and you should see an invitation to enable MapsGL, adapted from WebGL (Web Graphics Library) to introduce these new features.
The new Map features:
3D buildings in Map view mode and 45° aerial images
Smooth transitions between zoom levels and 45° aerial view rotations
Swoop effect from the map view to Street View imagery
The update also brings vector maps available in Android to desktop Google Maps which allows you to view sharper 3D images.