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Google Maps for Android gets indoor directions. Because walking indoors is hard, y’all

Walking around indoors is a top-priority problem for techsters, so Google Maps for Android brings with its latest update indoor walking directions.

The app will also give you 360-degree interior photos of businesses, because if there’s anything harder than walking indoors, it’s looking around indoors.

As we read on the company blog, “Since we launched indoor maps in the U.S. and Japan in Google Maps for Android last November, business owners have been adding their floor plans to our maps with Google Maps Floor Plans. Today, we are launching indoor walking directions for participating venues in these countries. This will help you get directions not only to a building’s front door, but also through those doors to the places where you want to go inside.”

Hooray! God forbid we should have to look at signage or speak to a sales associate-style human being. This is why we created technology, folks: To completely eliminate our ability to complete the simplest, most basic functions of modern life without a smartphone.

The app update also features “Offers near you,” which is what it sounds like: daily-deals-type coupons for businesses nearby. Which is great, except that daily deals in general can be kind of bad for local businesses.

Here’s a video showing the Offers-near-you magic at work. We’re going to go yell at those damn kids to get off our lawn.


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