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Google brings indoor mapping to UK Android phones

You'll never get lost in Selfridges again
Tue Jul 03 2012, 17:09
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INTERNET SEARCH GIANT Google has finally brought its indoor mapping service to the UK, after launching it in the US last November.

Available now on Android smartphones, the feature enables users to get directions while indoors, with 40 venues already onboard. These include Kings Cross Station, the O2 Arena, and the notoriously confusing Selfridges store on London's Oxford Street.

It's likely that more locations will be added to the service, as Google has promised that anyone who owns a building can upload their maps and floorplans for inclusion in Google Maps.

When in one of the 40 supported locations, this nifty feature will let you know what floor you're on and what exit you're near, and even offers step-by-step instructions on how to get from A to B.

"You'll no longer need to feel clueless when you're at the railway station, trying to figure out where to buy a coffee before you rush to catch your train from platform 11; nor will you feel embarrassed about asking for the lingerie section when you're in the department store - because you'll have all the answers in the palm of your hand," Google boasts in a blog post.

To use the new feature you'll need to upgrade Google Maps to version 6.0, fire up the app, and zoom in on your current location.

It's unclear when this feature will be coming to other smartphones, but given Apple's recent decision to drop Google Maps, we won't be expecting to see it on the IOS App Store anytime soon. µ

 

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