Google Maps for Android version 6.7 released today will help you find offers from nearby businesses in the U.S. -- everything from restaurants, to salons, to city tours. Also, Google has added indoor walking directions in the U.S. and Japan, plus 360-degree interior photos of businesses, to help intrepidly make way indoors and out.
Available in the U.S. only, Google Offers in Google Maps for Android helps you discover nearby deals, by justing tapping on "Maps" to open the dropdown menu and then tap on "Offers." Merchants across the U.S. - including towns where Google's pre-paid offers haven't launched yet - can now use a new self-service interface to create these free offers.
You'll see all the businesses offering deals near your current location, marked with the blue Google Offers "tag." You can also view these offers in a list and choose to get notifications for offers nearby, so you'll never miss a great deal.
"If you see something you like you can click on it to learn more. Some Google Offers can be purchased and saved for later while others are immediately available for free. With free Google Offers, press "Use now" to redeem instantly or "Save for later" for future use. You can also opt-in to receive notifications in the app when there are offers near you," posted Benjamin Grol, Product Manager for Google Maps for Android.
Browse the available offers in maps or in "results list" and get notifications for offers nearby.
All of your saved or purchased offers can be found in the "My Offers" section of Google Maps for Android, or on the Google Offers homepage.
So, the next time you're zooming around town, put your street smarts to work and uncover the great deals and discounts around you using Google Maps for Android.
Today, Goolge also launching indoor walking directions for participating venues in the U.S. and Japan. This will help get directions not only to a building's front door, but also through those doors to the places where you want to go inside.
With Google Business Photos you can explore panoramic photos of the inside of a business from the palm of your hand. Now you can get a 360-degree panoramic feel for a restaurant or store inside as well as outside using Street View technologies. "To access these 360-degree panoramic views, look for the "See Inside" section on the Place page of select businesses," Grol adds.
Google Maps 6.7 for Android is avilable for free download from Google Play.
Here is the video demonstrating the new features: