Google Maps for Android heads indoors
- — 13 March, 2013 13:10
Google has announced that its Maps application on Android devices can now display indoor maps of selected Australian airports, shopping centres, train stations, sports venues and other locations.
The new feature is available now for over 200 locations across Australia and includes a selection of iconic Australian venues like the Sydney Opera House, Flinders Street Station in Melbourne and the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) in Sydney.
The indoor maps utilise nearby mobile network towers and Wi-Fi networks rather than a smartphone's built-in GPS to determine a location as traditional GPS based location often doesn't work inside buildings.
Google says the indoor maps will automatically appear when you zoom in on a building using the Maps application on Android devices, and then fade away when the map is zoomed out.
"Indoor Google Maps are like having an indoor directory in the palm of your hand - helping you determine where you are, what floor you're on, and how to get to where you want to be," reads a post from Google Australia's official blog, posted by the company's Partnerships Manager, Jamie Woodbridge.
"In some locations, you’ll even be able to use the familiar "blue dot" icon that indicates your approximate location — even when you’re inside. This means that when you move up or down a level in a building with multiple floors, the map will automatically update to display which floor you’re on."
Google says the blue dot feature indicating your exact location is only available on a selection of the 200 indoor Australian venues initially utilising the feature. The company says it will continue to add new indoor maps to public buildings across Australia over the rest of this year.
The indoor maps feature is available now on all Android devices, but Google hasn't specified if or when the technology will be available on its iPhone application.
In addition to Australia, Google has launched indoor maps in the US, UK, France, Japan, Canada, Sweden, Denmark and Switzerland.
A full list of the 200 Australian locations that support Google's indoor maps is available below.
Albany Brooks Garden Shopping Centre Albury Centre Albury Shopping Centre Altone Park Marketplace Belmont Shopping Centre Brandon Park Shopping Centre Burnie Centre Canberra Centre Carlingford Court Castle Towers Shopping Centre Casuarina Square Centro Armidale Centro Arndale Centro Bankstown Centro Box Hill South Centro Colonnades Centro Cranbourne Centro Dianella Centro Flinders Centro Keilor Shopping Centre Centro Somerville Shopping Center Centro Whitehorse Centro Whitsunday Shopping Centre Charlestown Square Chifley Plaza Dandenong Plaza Eastland Shopping Centre Emerald Market Plaza Emerald Village Forestway Shopping Centre Galleria Centre Glenorchy Centre Grand Central Shopping Centre Gympie Shopping Centre Halls Head Centre Harbourside Sydney Highpoint Shopping Centre Hyperdome Brisbane Kalamunda Centre Karratha Shopping Centre Kiama Centre Kurralta Centre Lavington Shopping Centre Lennox Shopping Centre Lutwyche Shopping Centre Maddington Shopping Centre Maitland Hunter Mall Mandurah Shopping Centre Meadow Mews Centre Melbourne Central Shopping Centre Melville Plaza Mildura Centre Mornington Shopping Centre Mount Gambier Centre Nepean Shopping Centre Noosa Civic Shopping Centre Norton Plaza Oakleigh Centre Oxenford Centre Pinelands Shopping Centre Port Pirie Centre Queen Victoria Building Raymond Terrace Shopping Centre Robina Town Centre Roselands Centre Rouse Hill Town Centre Seven Hills Centre Springwood Shopping Centre Stirlings Centre Stockland Aitkenvale Stockland Baldivis Stockland Balgowlah Stockland Bathurst Stockland Baulkham Hills Stockland Benowa Gardens Stockland Bull Creek Stockland Burleigh Stockland Cairns Stockland Caloundra Shopping Centre Stockland Corrimal Stockland Forster Stockland Gladstone Shopping Centre Stockland Green Hills Stockland Highlands Stockland Jesmond Stockland Jimboomba Stockland Merrylands Stockland North Shore Stockland Nowra Stockland The Pines Stockland Point Cook Stockland Riverton Stockland Rockhampton Stockland Shellharbour Stockland Tooronga Stockland Traralgon Shopping Centre Stockland Wallsend Shopping Centre Stockland Wetherill Park Sunshine Marketplace Surfers Paradise Centre Taigum Centre The Galeries (Sydney) The Gateway Centre The Glen Centre The Strand Arcade Toombal Centre Toormina Shopping Centre Tweed Shopping Centre Victoria Gardens Shopping Centre Victoria Park Shopping Centre Warnbro Shopping Centre Warriewood Shopping Centre Warrnambool Shopping Centre Warwick Shopping Centre Watergardens Town Centre Shopping Centre West Side Broken Hill Centre Westfield Airport West Westfield Bondi Junction Westfield Burwood Westfield Carindale Westfield Chatswood Westfield Chermside Westfield Doncaster Westfield Eastgardens Shopping Centre Westfield Figtree Westfield Fountain Gate Westfield Garden City Westfield Geelong Westfield Helensvale Westfield Hornsby Westfield Hurstville Shopping Centre Westfield Innaloo Westfield Kotara Westfield Liverpool Westfield Marion Westfield Miranda Westfield Mt Druitt Westfield North Lakes Westfield North Rocks Westfield Parramatta Westfield Penrith Shopping Centre Westfield Plenty Valley Shopping Centre Westfield Southland Westfield Strathpine Westfield Sydney Westfield Tea Tree Plaza Shopping Centre Westfield Tuggerah Westfield Warrawong Westfield Warringah Mall Westfield West Lakes Westfield Whitford Westpoint Shopping Center Wodonga Shopping Centre Woodcroft Shopping Centre Woodgrove Shopping Centre - Main Mall World Square Shopping Centre
Adelaide Airport Sydney Airport Melbourne Airport
Flinders Street Station Southern Cross Station Parramatta Train Station North Sydney Train Station Bondi Junction Train Station Central Train Station Chatswood Train Station Circular Quay Train Station Wynyard Train Station Town Hall Train Station
Hisense Arena Rod Laver Arena AAMI Park Allphones Arena ANZ Stadium Etihad Stadium Melbourne Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre
The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia National Gallery of Victoria - International National Gallery of Australia Museum of Contemporary Art Australia Art Gallery of New South Wales Sydney Opera House
Casinos / Entertainment complexes
IKEA Homebush IKEA Logan IKEA Springvale IKEA Tempe
Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre