Google Maps for Android Gets Indoor Walking Directions

Google Maps is great for getting us to our destination but we can't be the only ones who've found ourselves wishing the service took things to the next level and also offered directions that would help us navigate the insides of buildings. Today, Android users are getting just that as Mountain View has announced an update to the mobile version of Google Maps.


Google first stepped inside buildings with the release of Google Maps 6.0, which showed the user as a little blue dot inside the building. If you zoomed in close on a building, detailed floor maps automatically appeared where indoor map data was available. Today Google is taking that to the next level with the release of Google Maps 6.7.

"Today, we are launching indoor walking directions for participating venues in these countries," writes Google's Benjamin Grol. "This will help you get directions not only to a building’s front door, but also through those doors to the places where you want to go inside."

In addition to indoor directions, 6.7 will also bring Google Offers in Google Maps to U.S. users. The feature will show you deals near you for everything from restaurants, to salons, to city tours. Users can access the available offers near them by tapping "Maps" and then "Offers." You can purchase offers to be saved and used later or you can select a free offer for use immediately. Unfortunately, Google hasn't said when we can expect this feature to make it outside the United States. We'll keep you posted!

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  • Anonymous
    Whats next? Tell the user where their bed is in the house?
  • drwho1
    now I can get to the bathroom in time!
  • aragis
    Google is really replacing our brains...