One of the many Google Maps features that only apply to users in the US has arrived in the UK, with Google adding its odd-sounding indoor mapping support to our version of the Maps Android app. The initial launch sees Google adding 40 UK venues to the service, which will feature guides to the constantly evolving Kings Cross station, London Bridge Station, the Barbican Centre and many more.
Here’s a little chunk of words from Google explaining how it all works, as it does seem like an oddly magical thing to happen on your telephone:
Just open Google Maps on your Android mobile phone, zoom in to the location you’re in and the indoor floor plan magically appears. And for buildings where the information is available, we’ll even show you where you are on the map with a familiar blue dot if you’ve enabled the My Location feature. Next, search for the location you’d like to get to (Platform 9¾ at King’s Cross Station or Peter Jones in Sloane Square) and we’ll provide directions to help you get there – even if you’re on a completely different floor.
Awesome. I’ll be busily tagging the locations of all the best Cornish pasty vendors next time I’m in the big city. Read more over at the Google Lat Long mapping blog.