Update: List of indoor maps venue and official Press Release
The Indoor Google Maps was first announced in 2011 for the US and Japan market. It is finally here in Singapore. It has been a long wait but it is definitely worth it.
If you remember, I have blogged about the Nokia Maps which already has this indoor feature in Singapore. Now, since the feature is also available on Google Maps, it will be a tough fight for Nokia.
Do note that although they look similar, there are some differences between them. For Nokia Maps, you can see the list of shops like a directory (which I like) whereas on the Google Maps, it only shows the layout.
BTW, if you cannot see this indoor maps on your Android Google Maps, here is how you can see it.
- Go to “Settings”, “Applications”, search for Maps.
- Click on it. “Force Stop” the maps.
- Clear the data.
- Now, open the Google Maps again. It will show that it has “updated to latest version”.
Thanks to CNET for digging out this feature.
Here is the Press Release with information of the indoor maps venue.
Indoor Google Maps for Android are now available in Singapore
Today, we’re pleased to announce that we are extending Indoor Google Maps to 22 popular shopping destinations in Singapore
SINGAPORE, February 19, 2013: Usually when you’re inside a busy shopping mall or retail store, a common way to figure out where you are is to look for a freestanding map directory or ask an employee for help. Starting today, with the release of Indoor Google Maps for Android in Singapore, that directory is brought to the palm of your hands, helping you determine where you are, what floor you’re on, and where to go indoors.
Detailed floor plans will automatically appear when you’re viewing the map and zoomed in on a building where indoor map data is available. And, in certain locations, you will have the option of using the indoor My Location feature to help you navigate your way inside. The familiar “blue dot” icon can indicate your approximate location, and when you move up or down a level in a building with multiple floors, the interface will automatically update to display which floor you’re on. All this is achieved by using an approach similar to that of ‘My Location’ for outdoor spaces, but fine tuned for indoors.
In our efforts to provide helpful Indoor Google Maps for Singaporeans, we’ve initially partnered with some of the most popular shopping destinations in Singapore, including:
- Century Square
- Hougang Mall
- ION Orchard
- Liang Court
- Mandarin Gallery
- Marina Bay Sands
- Metro (Department store in Paragon)
- Ngee Ann City
- Orchard Central
- Parkway Parade
- Scotts Square
- Suntec City
- Takashimaya (Department store in Ngee Ann)
- Tampines 1
- The Centrepoint
- Tiong Bahru Plaza
- Triple one
- Wheelock Place
- White Sands
- Wisma Atria
And this is just the start—we’ll continually add new indoor maps to public buildings across Singapore. If you’re a Singaporean business owner interested in getting your location’s floor plan included in Google Maps, visit maps.google.com/floorplans. For a detailed list of participating locations around the world, please visit our help center.
“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,” said Mr Steven Goh, Executive Director of Orchard Road Business Association, which represents several of the partners who have signed up for Google Indoor Maps.
And indeed, here at Google Maps we’re are also always looking to provide Singaporeans with new and helpful perspectives — whether you’re planning your shopping route around busy stores or simply comparing mall food courts for lunch with a friend. We’re excited about continuing to bring more accurate indoor location information to additional places as it becomes available with the help of our users and partners. To visit our website and learn more about indoor Google Maps and other features, start here.