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Google Maps Indoors on Android, new challenge by Google

Google Maps for Android ranks maps for some indoor shopping malls, airports and railway stations. Currently available only for the United States and Japan.

Until now, the indoors maps were domain of Micorosoft, on Bing Maps. As of today, Android users can also view the indoors maps for places like the San Francisco International Airport, IKEA shopping center in America and some railway stations in Japan.

To view Google Maps Indoor layer on Android just enlarge the building and internal maps will appear automatically. For buildings with multiple floors, users will also be able to change the floor.

After Street View, Maps Indoor is the second major challenge by Google. That is why Google is actively recruiting entrepreneurs who would like their maps in Google Maps Indoors.

It is unclear when Google expects to make this function available for other platforms and for a large number of buildings (for example in Italy), but surprisingly, has already been made available on Android.

Here’s the official Google Video

November 30th, 2011 @ 10:05

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  1. Enrico Giammarco
    July 28th, 2013 at 06:29 #

    Ho dei grossi dubbi sull’effettiva riuscita di questo progetto…

    • Nicola Celiento
      September 13th, 2013 at 01:36 #

      Ne dubito anche io, ma credo che da Google dobbiamo aspettarci qualche sorpresa!

  2. Timmy Welch
    November 19th, 2013 at 08:40 #

    UNSW researchers are working on indoor maps applications for the visually impaired, allowing them to more easily get around chaotic settings such as airports without assistance. They have already developed the technology including a user interface that supports Braille and will begin trials with six visually impaired volunteers this week. The researchers have mapped buildings at UNSW and the Vision Australia headquarters in Sydney to use as test beds.

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