Fri. Aug 7th, 2020

Android Find My Device supports indoor positioning

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For those who accidentally lost their phones, there is hugely positive news here. Google has just upgraded Android Find My Device feature, which is blessed by Google Play Protect, with the addition of great indoor positioning. For example, you can see not only the phone lost in a particular mall but also the interior layout of the mall. Ars Technica points out that indoor maps will be the next major area of development, given that the footprints of Google Maps have covered most of the outdoors.

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However, the article also pointed out: “For indoor mapping, someone has to upload a floor plan to Google Maps and then set up some kind of indoor positioning system. Outdoor Google Maps can be powered by satellite imaging and photos from Street View cars, but there’s no such shortcut for indoor maps, which require each individual building owner to enter data. Today you’ll find indoor maps mostly for places like airports, malls, stadiums, and other large businesses. If you lose your device in one of these places and the indoor positioning system actually works, you’ll now be able to get a pinpoint location in Find My Device.”

Currently, indoor maps are mainly used in airports, shopping malls, stadiums, and other large enterprises. Although Google is not clear that this new feature which applies specifically to the building, but still interested users can go to the official website and download “Find My Device” application.