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Google Maps for Android Gets Indoor Walking Directions

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A solution for those of us who get lost in the indoors.

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 , May 10, 2012 12:34 PM
    Whats next? Tell the user where their bed is in the house?
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    drwho1 , May 10, 2012 1:02 PM
    now I can get to the bathroom in time!
    /sarcasm
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    aragis , May 10, 2012 1:12 PM
    Google is really replacing our brains...
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    scythe944 , May 10, 2012 2:01 PM
    I guess it's cool until you lose GPS inside the building. At least you'll have a map, but won't know exactly where you are.

    Although, malls and most other large buildings have maps so, what's the point?
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    Sacr , May 10, 2012 2:54 PM
    It won't be necessary to steal a blueprint to rob a facility anymore.

    That aside, I think it could be a useful tool if it becomes widely available. I work in a military facility and I assume my building layout will never be available on Google Maps but for a first timer entering this place, it's a total maze.

    The feature could be useful for some buildings but who's gonna need inside maps to navigate a Burger King?
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    Anonymous , May 10, 2012 3:08 PM
    Google maps for andriod 10.0.1 > will show your route through life at birth (based on predictions deducted by your parents' saved data on google's servers.) incl., most importantly, automatically pre-order of all products you will ever need so you'll never have to think again and can focus on being a corporate slave.
    /nosarcasme
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    Marco925 , May 10, 2012 3:50 PM
    PLEASE ANDROID! SHOW ME TO MY COMPUTER!
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    headscratcher , May 10, 2012 4:55 PM
    It seems like apple and google are really trying to battle it out over the stupidest demographic
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    neieus , May 10, 2012 6:15 PM
    It's only a matter of time before Google becomes self aware.
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    omega21xx , May 10, 2012 7:55 PM
    With project glass this would be pretty cool. I know it would make things really easy walking through a new mall wondering where a particular store is.
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    bigdog44 , May 11, 2012 12:59 AM
    Google and others are really cashing in on peoples laziness through convienience. I could see this being a useful tool for the blind if it had audio, but otherwise its only functionality is a tool for laziness. If you can't find your way inside a large commercial bldg. you should ask for directions or complain to whoever is running it to get better signage.
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    rohantheneo , May 12, 2012 1:31 PM
    Why cant we ask other PEOPLE for direction when we are FREAKING INSIDE the building? Why is technology always goes to make humans more distinct to each other?
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    omega21xx , May 12, 2012 1:45 PM
    Not everyone enjoys talking to random people. If you can get directions yourself, why bother someone else? Isn't technology to MAKE things easier?
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    bigdog44 , May 12, 2012 9:12 PM
    omega21xxNot everyone enjoys talking to random people. If you can get directions yourself, why bother someone else? Isn't technology to MAKE things easier?



    If you're too insecure to ask for directions/or too bothered to be asked, you may need counseling for your social issues. My issue is that convienience has the tendency to make us lazy. Why do I have to remember anything if I can just google it is how kids are growing up.
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    omega21xx , May 12, 2012 9:27 PM
    bigdog44If you're too insecure to ask for directions/or too bothered to be asked, you may need counseling for your social issues. My issue is that convienience has the tendency to make us lazy. Why do I have to remember anything if I can just google it is how kids are growing up.

    Did I say I had a problem talking to others?
    Someone preferring to not bother others with something they could solve themselves, if given the chance, does not mean they need counseling.
    As for being lazy, if people had such a problem with convenience, we shouldn't drive cars. We should all walk to work as we are being lazy. -_- If you need to contact someone, don't call and be lazy, go walk a few miles to where they MIGHT be, assuming they are home, and ask them. Yes some things go too far, like having a robot maid to clean for you, it frees up time for you which is good, but if you aren't being productive with your new found time, you are being lazy by your logic. Point is, convenience does not always amount to being lazy, they provide you with a quicker easier way to get on with your life, whether that be having fun, working, or otherwise. That is all I'm trying to say. tl;dr convenience =/= laziness.
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    bigdog44 , May 13, 2012 2:23 AM
    omega21xxDid I say I had a problem talking to others?Someone preferring to not bother others with something they could solve themselves, if given the chance, does not mean they need counseling.As for being lazy, if people had such a problem with convenience, we shouldn't drive cars. We should all walk to work as we are being lazy. -_- If you need to contact someone, don't call and be lazy, go walk a few miles to where they MIGHT be, assuming they are home, and ask them. Yes some things go too far, like having a robot maid to clean for you, it frees up time for you which is good, but if you aren't being productive with your new found time, you are being lazy by your logic. Point is, convenience does not always amount to being lazy, they provide you with a quicker easier way to get on with your life, whether that be having fun, working, or otherwise. That is all I'm trying to say. tl;dr convenience =/= laziness.


    Please don't take offense, as my post wasn't directed at you, but people in general, including myself. My point is that when we use things for convenience instead of as tools we become lazy. In my 1st post I gave the example of the bldg. manager who needed to be informed abt. improper signage because that is his job to make sure a customer knows how to get to a business inside his bldg. Another example is how most people use facebook. It's supposed to be a means to stay connected and send important updates, but ALOT of people use it to escape face-to-face contact, create fake personas, send irrelevant trivial "updates". There are many other examples.
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    freggo , October 4, 2012 12:28 PM
    Would be cool if Google could offer indoor maps for the Apple headquarters :-)
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