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Google Maps goes indoors

Google has launched Google Maps for Android in Singapore tying up with 22 local stores.

Post the launch, the map will see detailed floor plans that will automatically appear when users are viewing the map. Google Maps will integrate the system to its mapping feature hence no additional apps need to be downloaded.

The map also zooms in on a particular building where indoor map data is available.

In certain locations and stores, such as Ikea in the US, users can opt to use the indoor “My Location” feature to navigate inside a store using Wi-Fi. The app was first launched in the US in 2011 with several shopping malls and airports coming on board, followed by Japan.

“Orchard Road Business Association is excited to partner Google in bringing Indoor Maps to Orchard Road. With these maps of indoor spaces now available to all shoppers, everyone can enjoy a more seamless shopping experience in the precinct,” Steven Goh, executive director of Orchard Road Business Association, which represents several of the partners who have signed up for Google Indoor Maps, said.

Some of the malls which have come on board include 313@somerset, Century Square, Hougang Mall, ION Orchard, Liang Court, Mandarin Gallery, Marina Bay Sands, Metro (Department store in Paragon), Ngee Ann City, Orchard Central and others.

Local airport, Changi Airport has not yet come on board.

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