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Maps cover the inside of malls, airports, and more

Google Maps has unveiled  a new type of mapping service for Android devices and allows you to find out where you are and what's around you indoors. The app supports several different types of locations.
If you travel a lot, it will be a very nice update. The app covers the inside of airports, malls, and retail stores around the country. The new feature is rolled out as part of Google Maps 6.0 for Android.

When the user zooms in on a building detailed floor plans will appear when the data is available. The will be a blue dot icon as users are accustomed to seeing that shows your location within a few meters. If the place has multiple levels all will be covered.

Before and after shot showing how Google Maps 6.0 displays interior details compared to previous versions.
To start with, the new maps update will offer floor maps of some of the largest retailers in the country. The indoor maps will cover places like Mall of America, IKEA, the Home Depot, and some Macy's and Bloomingdales stores. Airports covered include Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL), Chicago O’Hare (ORD), San Francisco International Airport (SFO) and Narita International (NRT) and others.

Source: Google

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By Azsen on 11/29/2011 3:40:45 PM , Rating: 2
Interestingly the GPS in your phone can give out an altitude reading as well so they must be using that to determine what level/floor of the building you are on.

By shooty on 11/29/2011 3:51:12 PM , Rating: 2
I have been waiting for a phone that has a barometric altimeter since GPS can be inaccurate reading altitude. In general, the current batch of phones would be nice with the better gps sensors that you can get in your hiking gps devices.
Hopefully, expanded use of this service highlights this.

By Fritzr on 11/29/2011 3:58:02 PM , Rating: 3
Barometric altitude is also inaccurate ... a storm front rolls in and you suddenly change floors :)

By bug77 on 11/29/2011 5:33:27 PM , Rating: 2
Maybe they'll start with buildings having really tall stories?

By kleinma on 11/29/2011 7:44:13 PM , Rating: 2
interestingly you are very lucky if you can even get a GPS signal inside a 1 story building. My droidx is lucky to get GPS signal outside, let alone inside....

By InsaneScientist on 11/29/2011 9:29:50 PM , Rating: 2
Really? I've got a droidx and I've never seen an issue getting a GPS lock outside (though I did have an issue once with it taking forever, but that was because the AGPS data had been cleared and I wasn't within range of a cell tower, so it had to do all the hard number crunching on the device itself), and I can usually hold a GPS lock indoors if it's just an average home. I wonder what's going on with yours...
Picking up a lock indoors is hard, but that's a given... GPS just doesn't have the signal strength needed for that.

By dajeepster on 11/30/2011 12:12:45 AM , Rating: 2
in the next update it will be displaying whether you are doing #1 or a #2 in the bathroom.. o_0

By idiot77 on 11/30/2011 6:30:19 PM , Rating: 3
I see your problem. You think "GPS" means "Global Positioning System" when it actually means "Google Personal Supervisor".

That should clear it up.

By titanmiller on 11/29/2011 6:29:31 PM , Rating: 2
How does it determine your position? GPS doesn't work very well inside of buildings.

RE: Position?
By Piiman on 11/30/11, Rating: 0
RE: Position?
By cjohnson2136 on 11/30/2011 8:42:54 AM , Rating: 1
My GPS has worked pretty well in buildings before. If I am in a large town or big city I never have a problem.

By cjohnson2136 on 11/29/2011 3:24:21 PM , Rating: 2
I think that is really cool. For people that use Mall of America, Google Maps, and Latitude it will make it easy to find friends

By btc909 on 11/30/2011 4:51:54 AM , Rating: 2
I can't get a GPS signal in my house, how is this suppose to work in a multistory metal building?

By Octopaganini on 11/29/11, Rating: -1
RE: WTF!!!
By qwerty1 on 11/29/2011 4:49:26 PM , Rating: 2
You know that these maps are already available publicly via each location's website right? All this does is tell you where you are on said map whenever you want instead of having to go to an entrance to look at the physical one.

RE: WTF!!!
By Omega215D on 11/29/2011 4:52:01 PM , Rating: 2
It's not like large buildings and areas aren't already providing their own maps. The malls in NYC have a layout of the building with "You Are Here" icons as do the subway stations which show which exits are where and how many.

Even if they didn't have those tools who's to say the bad guys won't stake out a heavily populated area?

RE: WTF!!!
By Smartless on 11/29/2011 4:52:29 PM , Rating: 2
Dude calm down. There's nothing stopping these guys from casing the place first anyway.

Granted some things are downright invasion of privacy most things they're doing is not a security risk any more than being there in person. Now if they mapped out restricted areas. That's the problem.

RE: WTF!!!
By MozeeToby on 11/29/2011 4:54:57 PM , Rating: 2
Hurray for living your whole life in irrational fear! Seriously, what does this provide your hypothetical terrorists that they can't get from the mall's website already?

Like being worried about the hardware store selling a hammer because a terrorist could use it to kill someone. This is a potentially useful tool for millions of people, but one or two could misuse it so lets worry about the implications, even if they would do the exact same amount of damage whether it existed or not.

RE: WTF!!!
By kleinma on 11/29/2011 7:48:01 PM , Rating: 2
Yes and while we are at it, lets ban pencils and scissors because they can be used as stabbing weapons by terrorists.

We should probably also ban the internet to keep terrorists from communicating there. Probably good idea to just ban all communication and information exchange period. Safest way to keep the terrorists at bay.

Dude.. with an outlook like that, the terrorists have already won against you. Glad to see plenty of other people on here still appreciate their liberty. You are a prisoner.

RE: WTF!!!
By Paj on 11/30/2011 7:04:31 AM , Rating: 1
Terrorism? Really?

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