Good news for you folks who use Google Maps to find anything and everything. Google Maps just received a major update and is now at version 6.0. This update brings some pretty awesome features with it. The first one brings Google Maps indoors with you. No longer will Maps just get you to places, but it will now be there for when you get lost inside. Not sure what I mean? Check out this before and after shot of the San Francisco International Airport with the 3D effect from Maps 5.0 below, or check out the image above of the before and after of the Mall of America with Floor selector.
As this is new, not all places have their insides mapped out. Some major areas are and Google is promising to add more and more places continually. They say:
“We’ve initially partnered with some of the largest retailers, airports and transit stations in the U.S. and Japan, including:
- Mall of America, IKEA, The Home Depot, select Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s, Daimaru, Takashimaya and Mitsukoshi locations and more. Watch an IKEA demo here.
- Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL), Chicago O’Hare (ORD), San Francisco International Airport (SFO) and Narita International (NRT), among others.
- JR and Tokyu Corporation
For a detailed list of participating locations, please visit our help center. And this is just the start–we’ll continually add new indoor maps to public buildings across the world. If you’re a business owner interested in getting your location’s floor plan included in Google Maps, visitmaps.google.com/floorplans.”
These aren’t the only features that Google Maps 6.0 is toting. Other features include a top menu bar that allows for quick switching between Maps’ features (see below).
Another feature that was updated was the Places home screen. This now includes popular searches for your area.
For those of you that are interested in knowing more check out the YouTube videos below. For those that don’t have Maps or the updates installed hit the link or QR code below and for those that are still curious about these new features check out the YouTube videos.
[via The Official Google Blog]