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Use Google Indoor Maps to Handle Black Friday

How many times were you in need of a GPS device for directions in airports, shopping malls, train stations and even big stores?! Google Indoor Maps was released earlier today, so use it to handle the Black Friday in-store traffic to avoid wasting time searching for the exit, bathrooms, ATM, food court and so on.

Your smartphone has just become your best friend thanks to Google. If you’d be having a hard time navigating through stores, conference centers, museums and especially train stations and airports, Google’s Indoor Maps is giving you the best tool to handle in an unfamiliar location. And what other better occasion to test the Indoor Maps’ functionality than the chaotic Black Friday?!

“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” Google writes about Indoor Maps on the company’s Google+ page.

For the moment, Google Indoor Maps features over 10,000 locations worldwide, including museums, retail stores, airports and train station. Google is still building the maps base and people interested in uploading their locations’ indoor maps into the app have to access http://maps.google.com/help/maps/floorplans/.

“Simply zoom in on a building on Google Maps and you’ll automatically see a detailed floor plan with helpful labels for gates at the airport, stores within the mall, departments within a retail shop, as well as ATMs, restrooms and more” Google added.

For Android users, Google Indoor Maps has been available for a while now but now Google is releasing the Web browser version so that everybody can make the most of the new tool. iPhone owners can use Google Indoor Maps too, but they’ll have to open a Safari browser for that.

“But the weakness of this solution is that GPS on smartphones is not accurate and often unavailable when indoors, making navigation indoor maps unpractical from your phone” warns PC World. “Now with access available via your desktop browser you can view a mall or airport terminal ahead of time” the website reads.

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