Google Maps for Android heads indoors

Google Maps for Android can now display indoor maps of selected Australian locations

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.

Shopping Centres

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

Airports

Adelaide Airport
Sydney Airport
Melbourne Airport

Transit stations

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

Sports venues

Hisense Arena
Rod Laver Arena
AAMI Park
Allphones Arena
ANZ Stadium
Etihad Stadium Melbourne
Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre

Museums

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

Crown Melbourne

Retail

IKEA Homebush
IKEA Logan
IKEA Springvale
IKEA Tempe

Convention centres

Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre

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