November 29, 2011

Google Maps 6.0 Hits Android

Joseph Volpe, writing for Engadget:

“Hitting the Android Market in the U.S. and Japan today, the company’s ever-popular app gets a full version bump to 6.0, bringing with it the inclusion of retail and airport floor plans.”

Rarely does the Android platform provide something I want but can't get on my iPhone. This is one of them.

Zoom in far enough and large retail spaces become floor plans. The map app is tweaked to detect the z-axis, meaning it can tell which floor of a multi-floor structure you're on and display the corresponding plan.

Android's location service uses indoor WiFi to triangulate your position, so the generally obstructed sky view inside a mall isn't a problem.

Available now in the Android Market.