Google is bringing its mapping technology to the great
With the launch of Google Maps 6.0 on Tuesday, users of mobile
devices running Android OS 2.1 and up will have the ability to use
Google Maps not just to get directions to an IKEA, Macy's or one of
several airports, but to use the mapping functionality to figure out how
to find housewares, ATMs, and your flight gate once you are
Google's inside mapping will work similarly to its outside
little blue dot will move along with you to show you where you are, and
the technology is even able to know what floor you are on -- what Steve
Lee, director of product management for Google, called "the third
dimension of mapping."
It's exciting news, but there are a few caveats. The release is
pretty limited. Although Google's launch partners include 18 U.S.
airports -- notably some of the biggies, such as Chicago O'Hare
International Airport, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport
and San Francisco International Airport (obviously) -- LAX and JFK are
still not available.