Point Inside 2.0 Brings Free Airport, Mall Maps to Android Devices

Point Inside Inc. is announcing today that the v2.0 of their “Destination Smart Map’ has arrived on Android phones.  What does this mean to you?  Well, how about free, searchable maps and directories to more than 800 of the world’s airports and shopping malls?  Point Inside makes it a breeze to find stores, restaurants, restrooms, and much more.   Getting off your plane and wondering where that connection flight will be?  Thanks to its airplane mode support, you can pull out Point Inside  while in the air and figure out which terminal you will need to head to and whether or not there is a bathroom along the way.  

Having traveled twice in the last four days (BigAndroidBBQ), I would have loved to have used Point Inside.  As big as Atlanta’s airport is, it’s easy to get lost or have a tough time figuring out where to get your Starbucks fix.  The same could be said for destinations like Minnesota’s Mall of America.  Forget looking for one of those “You are here” maps that are sporadically throughout malls, carry a digital one with you instead!

I spent some time speaking with Point Inside’s CEO, Kevin Foreman, this morning and was pleased to see the direction the company is taking.  Not content with being just a malls and airport map app, they are looking to help you wherever it is you go.  Two recent additions to the Point Inside family include the Texas State Fair and the Canal Shops at the Venetian hotel in Las Vegas.  I can imagine this app working for your favorite amusement/theme park or big venue attraction.  If you travel at all, then I recommend Point Inside!  Click here to download it directly to your phone.

Here are but a few of the airports supported:

  • Atlanta (ATL)
  • Boston Logan (BOS)
  • Chicago – O’Hare (ORD)
  • Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW)
  • Denver (DEN)
  • Houston – Bush (IAH)
  • Las Vegas  (LAS)
  • London – Heathrow (LHR)
  • Los Angeles (LAX)
  • Miami (MIA)
  • NY – John F. Kennedy (JFK)
  • NY – LaGuardia (LGA)
  • Oakland (OAK)
  • Paris – Charles de Gaulle (CDG)
  • Phoenix Sky Harbor (PHX)
  • San Diego (SAN)
  • San Francisco (SFO)
  • San Jose (SJC)
  • Seattle-Tacoma (SEA)
  • Wash – Dulles (IAD)
  • Wash – Reagan National (DCA)

Shopping Centers:

  • Aventura Mall (Miami, FL)
  • Fashion Show Mall (Las Vegas, NV)
  • Houston Galleria (Houston, TX)
  • King of Prussia Mall (Philadelphia, PA
  • Mall of America (Bloomington, MN
  • Mill Creek Mall (Erie, PA
  • Roosevelt Field Mall (Garden City, NY
  • Sawgrass Mills (Ft. Lauderdale, FL
  • South Coast Plaza (Costa Mesa, CA
  • Tysons Corner Center (McLean, VA)
  • Woodfield Mall (Chicago, IL)
  • Haggie

    I call B.S. on this app. It isn’t some benevolent indoor “map” application. It is an indoor advertising application in development. They just don’t have advertisers yet. When you install this, you’ll get ads when you walk buy any paying business in that mall or airport or state fair.

    Just another FourSquare knock off…

    • Cheryl S

      Haggie, I suggest your give the app another look. From what I understand, they make money by selling the maps to other apps like Meijer FindIT. So they aren’t forced to spam you to pay their peeps.

  • Mario

    I installed yesterday and it worked fine; today it keeps force closing. If it stabilizes it will be a good program. (I’m waiting for GateGuru to get ported from iOS to compare.)

    I haven’t used it in an airport yet (next week) so we’ll see how stable and helpful it is. If there are ads, well, c’est la vie. Unless an paid/no-ad version is released, we’ll have to deal with ads. For now, I would be happy for it to stop FCing on my Droid.

  • Disclaimer, I work at Point Inside.

    @Haggie and @Cheryl thanks for the comments, indeed we are a content platform so we license our data to other apps like Meijer FindIt (and others coming soon). If companies do not want the development costs of creating their own Apps, they can use ours to reach their customers/shoppers/travelers.

    Our App is a great way for venue owners to announce promotions and sales. Users chose to view this content. I don’t know about you, but I’ll take a good discount whenever I can get one.

    @Mario – I forwarded your challenges to our Product Team to see what’s going on. Have a good trip next week.

    • Mario

      @Emily–thanks for the good wishes and the help! I’m looking at 4 airports in 10 days (plus the Mall of America in MSP) so it’ll get a workout. I uninstalled and reinstalled and so far, so good. Could be one of the mysterious glitches. I sent in an error report. FWIW, I’m using ADW Launcher, but otherwise it’s a stock Droid.

      I think it has great promise and I will use it. (And for the record, I have no problem paying for good apps.)

      I like the airport wifi availability info. Nice touch.

  • Jake

    I installed certain 1 months ago because our couldn’t get a GPS fix on my location inside the mall. Because of that there would be a delay In the map loading. Will try V2.

  • Cranky Bear

    I installed it, and it looked promising….until I actually tried opening up a place. Then it crashed. HARD. To the point where it rebooted my phone. I tried this a few times with different places, with the same result. Until it stabilizes, there’s no way this app is finding its way onto my Vibrant again. Which is too bad, because I like the concept.

    • Cranky Bear, I hope we can make you Happy Bear. We’ve updated the App and it should be smooth sailing for you. We’re also adding and updating venues every day to get ready for the holidays. I hope you’ll give it another try.