Google Maps 6.0 for Android Adds New 'Indoors Mapping, Switch Between Features in Toolbar and Places Home Screen'

To celebrate the its sixth birthday, Google released the next gen Google Maps for Android, with indoor Google Maps. Here is what is new:Mapping the vast indoorsGoogle Mobile exec explains "When you're inside an airport, shopping mall, retail store, or other public space, Google Maps 6.0 for Android brings the freestanding map directory to the […]

Google MapsTo celebrate the its sixth birthday, Google released the next gen Google Maps for Android, with indoor Google Maps. Here is what is new:

Mapping the vast indoors
Google Mobile exec explains "When you're inside an airport, shopping mall, retail store, or other public space, Google Maps 6.0 for Android brings the freestanding map directory to the palm of your hands -- helping you determine where you're, what floor you're on, and where to go indoors."

Adding he said "Detailed floor plans automatically appear when you're viewing the map and zoomed-in on a building where indoor map data is available. 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 map will automatically update to display which floor you're on."

Google Maps for Android: Indoors Mapping - Mall of America in Minneapolis before and after, with a floor selector

Google Maps for Android: Indoor Maps - San Francisco International Airport before and after, with 3D tilt

Switching between features gets easier
You can now do many things with Google Maps for mobile: "view your location on the map, discover where to go with Places, get GPS turn-by-turn directions with Navigation, check in to share your location, and more," blogged Google Mobile exec.

Also, a drop-down menu is added to the top toolbar for quick access.

Discovering what's great nearby with the new Places home screen
The new Places home screen includes popular searches for your current location, so you can find the best spots in any area you travel.

Google Maps for Android: New drop-dwon menuGoogle Maps for Android: Redesigned Places home screen with popular searches for your area
New drop down menu to switch between features - Redesigned Places home screen with popular searches for your area

Here is the video demonstartion of the above features:

For a detailed list of participating locations, visit the help center.

Business owner interested in getting thei location's floor plan included in Google Maps, can visit maps.google.com/floorplans.

And, to learn more about indoor Google Maps and other features, start here.

To start using Google Maps 6.0 for Android OS 2.1+, download the update from Android Market.