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Google Maps for mobile to get Zagat integration, dynamic rerouting and more

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Google Maps for mobile to get Zagat integration, dynamic rerouting and more
Well, what do you know - it turns out that not only the desktop version of Google Maps is getting new features. During the Google I/O conference, Google gave everyone a sneak peek preview of some new features coming to Google Maps for mobile.

The next Google Maps will include 5-star rating scale for restaurants, bars, coffee shops, and more. What's more is that Google is throwing in Zagat integration, providing professional, trustworthy reviews of restaurants and other places. On top of that, Google Offers will be integrated, displaying hot deals near you.

But how do you get to these places you just discovered on Google Maps? With Navigation, of course, which Google is bringing improvements to as well. One of them is the dynamic rerouting experience, which provides alternative driving directions on the go. You know, just in case there's a huge traffic jam forming ahead of the driver. In addition, Google will integrate reports of road incidents in the nearby vicinity.

Last but definitely not least, the Explore experience is another handy addition about to land on Google Maps. Simply put, it is an easy way of searching for places nearby where one can eat, drink, shop, or play.

The new Google Maps experience is coming this summer, both on tablets and smartphones running Android and iOS.

The new Google Maps is coming this summer
The new Google Maps is coming this summer
The new Google Maps is coming this summer

The new Google Maps is coming this summer

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posted on 15 May 2013, 14:04 3

1. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5282; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


Only thing missing from Maps/Navigation is off-line function. Like for when there is no cellular signal.

posted on 15 May 2013, 15:16 8

3. skymitch89 (Posts: 983; Member since: 05 Nov 2010)


It actually does do off-line. You just have to download that portion of the map (the bigger the area the bigger the file that needs to be downloaded) and load up the navigation before leaving cell service area (or before disconnection from Wi Fi). I know this because I've used it before on my Evo Shift and Epic Touch.

posted on 15 May 2013, 23:20 1

6. taz89 (Posts: 1946; Member since: 03 May 2011)


it has offline maps but it cant be used for navigation etc

posted on 15 May 2013, 16:00 2

5. amats69 (Posts: 827; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)


skymitch is right..google maps supports offline mode. It is good but not as good as Nokia Maps..in Nokia Maps you can download the maps of the whole country for offline use..

posted on 17 May 2013, 03:10

8. B3BLW29 (Posts: 237; Member since: 02 Mar 2012)


Agreed, Nokia Drive has best offline support.

posted on 15 May 2013, 14:40 4

2. dwillopp (Posts: 16; Member since: 08 Jul 2010)


This already exists

posted on 15 May 2013, 15:19 3

4. skymitch89 (Posts: 983; Member since: 05 Nov 2010)


The "dynamic rerouting experience" is already part of Navigation, ever since it first came out. I've used Navigation quite a few times and when it tells me to go one direction, and I know the area and know a better way, I ignore it and go the way I want. It gets annoying by trying to direct me back to the rout it was on, but eventually finds the rout I'm on and calms down.

posted on 16 May 2013, 12:25

7. AFnerdTP (Posts: 82; Member since: 15 May 2012)


lol.. "calms down"

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