Google has finally opened its indoor mapping service to the UK following its US launch last November.
In contrast to the old Google mapping service, which only features the exterior façade of roads or sites, the indoor mapping service allows users to get directions inside venues by showing exact demographics, from which floor you’re on or which way you’re near. It also caters systematic information on how to reach from one place to another, accommodating 40 UK locations, including the O2 Arena, King Cross Station, and Oxford Street’s extremely puzzling Selfridges store.
Additional good news is that Google will allow users to upload their building maps and floor plans in the application, providing more locations to the service. Upgrading to Google Maps version 6.0 and later versions and getting on the app with your current location are just the necessary tools to enjoy the service.
According to a blog post by Google, “You’ll no longer need to feel clueless when you’re at the railway station, trying to figure out where to buy a coffee before you rush to catch your train from platform 11; nor will you feel embarrassed about asking for the lingerie section when you’re in the department store – because you’ll have all the answers in the palm of your hand.”
However, it seems that this new feature won’t stay long on the iOS App Store and be passed on to other smartphones, as Apple has just decided on putting an end to Google Maps.