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Google Maps Adds for Android Indoor Walking Directions.
Google today introduced a new version of Google Maps for Android that offers indoor walking directions for venues in the United States and Japan. This new feature is available to venues that have uploaded their floor plans to Google’s mapping portal.
Google also extended its Business Photos program service that provides interactive 360-degree imagery of local businesses interiors. The service that was initiated in the United States in April 2010 is now available in the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, France, Canada, Ireland and the Netherlands.
In addition, this new version of Google Maps embeds Google Offers (deals) in the United States. “Some Google Offers can be purchased and saved for later while others are immediately available for free,“ explains Google.
“With free Google Offers, press ‘Use now’ to redeem instantly or ‘Save for later’ for future use. You can also opt-in to receive notifications in the app when there are offers near you.“
From the Google Blog:
Live like the locals: Maps, Translate and Goggles
Left and center: Know where you are and find offers near you with Google Maps, Right: Know how to ask with Google Translate
If you’re in need of a local guide, Google Maps for Android can help. Find driving, transit, walking and biking directions, voice-guided navigation and nearby places to eat, shop and play. We just added a few more improvements to the app, including walking directions for indoor maps (U.S. and Japan) and Google Offers near you (U.S. only) so you can discover great deals on the go. Street View technology is also taking you indoors on your mobile—view interiors of participating businesses and museumsso you know what to expect before your visit. And of course, you can always use the Street View feature in Google Maps to preview vacations spots around the world, from public landmarks and gardens to amusement parks, zoos and other popular attractions that have partnered with us to get their locations online.
If you’re traveling to a region where you don’t speak the language, use the Google Translate app to bargain with a local vendor or tell a taxi driver where you need to go. You’ve also got Google Goggles at your disposal—one click and you’ll know exactly what you are ordering on a menu. Get it for both your Android and iOS devices.
Source: Google Blog