Google Maps 6.0 for Android expands to airports and retailers


Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) unveiled the latest iteration of its Maps for Android solution, expanding the navigation app to encompass airports, shopping malls, retail locations and other indoors destinations.

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Click here to watch a video about taking Google Maps indoors.

Google Maps 6.0 for Android introduces contextual data, helping users determine where they are within a building, what floor they're on and where they might wish to go next. Detailed floor plans automatically appear wherever indoor map data is available, complete with Google Maps' signature blue dot, which pinpoints the user's location within several meters--as Android device owners move up and down a building with multiple floors, the interface automatically refreshes.

At launch, Google Maps 6.0 for Android offers data from retail partners including Mall of America, IKEA, The Home Depot and select Macy's and Bloomingdale's locations across the U.S. Airport partners include Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, Chicago O'Hare and San Francisco International Airport.

"We'll continually add new indoor maps to public buildings across the world," writes Google Earth and Maps vice president of engineering Brian McClendon on the Official Google Blog. "If you're a business owner interested in getting your location's floor plan included in Google Maps, visit"

For more:
- read this Official Google Blog entry

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