10
Jan
maps

Shortly after Thanksgiving last year, Google updated its Maps application, bumping its version number up to 6.0 and adding, most notably, indoor mapping. At the time it was presumed that the feature would be most useful for navigating places like major malls, airports, and similar metropolitan areas; however, Google just added a new way to use indoor mapping: finding your way around the most important tech show of the year – CES!

Update: Google's official announcement just went live - in addition to LVCC, they've also added maps of the McCarran airport, Caesars Palace, Bellagio, The Venetian, The Palazzo, MGM Grand, and many more hotels/casinos, along with some Best Buys in the Las Vegas area. Check out the full list here.

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Indeed, nearly each and every individual booth is lovingly labeled, and GMaps can even give you turn-by-turn directions to them should they be warranted (we’re sure they will be at one time or another, given the sheer magnitude of the place). And of course, since the maps are all online, you won’t need to update the application, either; simply search for the ‘Las Vegas Convention Center’ and discover the order in the chaos!

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If you’re at CES, whether as a developer, a journalist, or a consumer, this is no doubt an incredibly useful feature (never mind the “wow” factor); better yet, it’s always waiting for you right there on your phone, just a few taps away. So, what are you waiting for?

[Google LatLong Blog]

Jaroslav Stekl
Jaroslav Stekl is a tech enthusiast whose favorite gadgets almost always happen to be the latest Android devices. When he's not writing for Android Police, he's probably hiking, camping, or canoeing. He is also an aspiring coffee aficionado and an avid moviegoer.

  • J Rush

    Dude...you're freaking me out! Why do you have Bluetooth, GPS, WiFi, and silent mode on??????? WHY?????? Lol Just kidding. No wonder the battery on your HTC is so low...(yeah, I could tell it was a HTC by the fact that you're running all of them and your battery is about dead.) Again, just kidding.

    Awesome!

    • Tyler C

      lol J Rush, maybe he wants his phone to discover some brand new top-secret classified bluetooth devices that arent in plain sight! :P
      This is really cool, I am going to go check it out now.

  • Mike

    "attending CES as a consumer"

    Would love to know how you do this, I thought you had to be media or in the industry to get into CES.

    • Lupercal

      It's fairly simple, actually. You just need a business card to "prove" you're in the industry.

      They also have special student days or 'Tech Enthusiast" days sometimes.

  • http://www.pretentiousname.com Leo Davidson

    Turn by turn navigation, in a small area (compared to the roads it's usually used on), that's presumably indoors so the GPS won't work...

    Does that actually work reliably? How have they pulled that off?

    I guess there will be a lot of Wifi transmitters in that building which might let the phone get a very accurate location without needing GPS.

  • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

    Updated with casinos, airport, and Best Buy info.

  • Alan

    So when's Student Day? Is it free and on a weekend day perhaps? :P

  • Nick

    Is it me or has Maps 6.0 and up stuffed the compass (not functioning) on aosp based roms like Cyanogen?

  • mysky911

    can we have the APK for those user outside US? thanks.

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