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Google Maps for Android gets indoor maps

Ross Catanzariti | March 14, 2013
Google Maps for Android can now display indoor maps.

Google Maps for Android can now display indoor maps, the company has announced.

The application can display indoor maps of selected Australian airports, shopping centres, train stations, sports venues, with a total of 200 locations across the country.

The service includes a number iconic Australian venues like the Sydney Opera House, Flinders Street Station in Melbourne and the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) in Sydney.

The indoor maps utilise nearby mobile network towers and Wi-Fi networks rather than a smartphone's built-in GPS to determine a location.

Traditional GPS based location often doesn't work inside buildings.

Google says the indoor maps will automatically appear when you zoom in on a building using the Maps application on Android devices, and then fade away when the map is zoomed out.

"Indoor Google Maps are like having an indoor directory in the palm of your hand - helping you determine where you are, what floor you're on, and how to get to where you want to be," reads a post from Google Australia's official blog, posted by the company's Partnerships Manager, Jamie Woodbridge.

The company says it will continue to add new indoor maps to public buildings across Australia over the rest of this year.

The indoor maps feature is available now on all Android devices, but Google hasn't specified if or when the technology will be available on its iPhone application.

In addition to Australia, Google has launched indoor maps in the US, UK, France, Japan, Canada, Sweden, Denmark and Switzerland.

 

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