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[November 21, 2012]
Just in time for Black Friday, Google brings store layouts to Maps
Nov 21, 2012 (Los Angeles Times - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) -- You can now access the indoor floor plans for more than 10,000 locations around the world, including retail stores, when you use Google Maps with a Web browser.
The indoor floor plan feature has been available to Android device users for some time now, but Google said it is bringing it to the Web browser so that more people can use it for their holiday shopping.
"Before heading home for the holidays or out to shop on Black Friday, check out indoor maps of the airport or shopping mall on your desktop to better plan your trip," the company said on a Google+ post.
To see a building's layout, simply zoom in and details will begin to appear. When you look at malls for example, you will see where stores are, bathrooms, ATMs and more.
If you look at retail shops, such as some Home Depots for example, you will see where in the store you can find paint, bath and plumbing, or tools and hardware. Here's a link to a Best Buy in Compton that also shows its layout, if you want to check out the new feature.
The types of places that are supported include airports, museums, retail stores, universities and even casinos in Las Vegas.
The feature can also be used on iPhone devices if you open the Safari app and go to maps.google.com.
Google also said that venue owners interested in adding their locations to Google Maps can get the process started by going to this page.
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