Attention, mallrats: Google maps floor plans for Android users
Look up from your handset, stupid. I'm over here!
Google is helping users of its Android handset navigate their way around buildings such as airports, shopping malls and retail stores in the US and Japan.
The ad broker announced that its Google Maps 6.0 product will come loaded with floor plans to guide customers around indoor spaces.
"Detailed floor plans automatically appear when you’re viewing the map and [have] zoomed in on a building where indoor map data is available," Google said. "
"The familiar 'blue dot' icon indicates your location within several meters, and when you move up or down a level in a building with multiple floors, the interface will automatically update to display which floor you’re on.
"All this is achieved by using an approach similar to that of ‘My Location’ for outdoor spaces, but fine-tuned for indoors."
Partners including IKEA, Mall of America and The Home Depot have allowed Google to copy their floor plans for the Maps app.
Apparently, this a "new frontier" for Mountain View. ®