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Google Maps moves indoors and points you to the nearest bathroom

Google Maps has received quite a few nice updates in the past few months, bringing a slew of minor adjustments and enhancements. But this latest update is just too cool to gloss over. In honor of Google Maps's sixth birthday, Google just released version 6.0 yesterday for the HTC EVO and other Android devices, finally bringing the great indoors to your phone.

With this latest update, Google Maps has taken the initiative to actually map out many popular indoor locations, including shopping malls, retail stores, airports, and other public spaces. The floor plans, if available, will automatically appear when you view your location on a map and zoom in to building-level. Supposedly, the app will even tell you what floor you're on.

The update comes with a few other cool features, such as easier switching between features, and a new Places home screen. But, in my opinion, indoor maps trumps everything else. I'm just curious how well GPS will work in many of the places Google has mapped, but I'll have to wait and see since I haven't gotten a chance to try this out myself yet.

If you haven't already automatically received the update, just open Android Market and go to your installed apps – the update should be waiting for you.

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John F

John was the editor-in-chief at Pocketables. His articles generally focus on all things Google, including Chrome and Android, although his love of new gadgets and technology doesn't stop there. His current arsenal includes the Nexus 6 by Motorola, the 2013 Nexus 7 by ASUS, the Nexus 9 by HTC, the LG G Watch, and the Chromebook Pixel, among others.

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