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Google Adds Floor Plans to Google Maps for Android

Search engine giant Google has updated its Google Maps for Android app to include maps of commercial establishments, including airports and malls, in the US and Japan.

The Google Maps for Android version 6.0 is now available from the Android Market as an update for devices running Android 2.1 or higher.

The update allows users to view the floor map of an airport and mall, which are easy to get lost in. The app uses the GPS on the device to pin-point one's location on the floor and guides users in their quest to find the shop they are looking for.

Google said that the app was intelligent enough to know when users change floors and updates itself automatically with nearby shops and locations automatically.

"Detailed floor plans automatically appear when you're viewing the map and zoomed in on a building where indoor map data is available. The familiar "blue dot" icon indicates your location within several meters, and when you move up or down a level in a building with multiple floors, the interface will automatically update to display which floor you're on," Google explained (opens in new tab).

Google informed that some of the establishments that have agreed to be a part of the feature include The Mall of America, Home Depot, IKEA and some Macy's stores. Meanwhile, the airports in San Francisco, Chicago and Atlanta have also made their floor plans available on the app.

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