But how would you like to have all of the features of the desktop version of Google Maps on your mobile browser? Now, if you go to maps.google.com from your mobile browser, you will be able to see your current location and search for places nearby you with suggestions. Clickable icons of popular businesses and transit stations will appear on your screen and you can get directions to a location depending on the mode of transportation you are taking (car, walking, bicycling, etc.). You can also view Place pages with ratings, photos and more. Your starred locations can be accessed along with 'My Maps'. All you have to do is opt-in to share your location. Google Maps for your mobile browser is also " platform independent" so you always get the same experience and most up-to- date features no matter which phone you are using.
The dedicated mobile app for Google Maps is still available and will probably still be used by the majority of cell phone users. But if you want to have the desktop version on your phone instead, you now have the choice to use it.
source: Google via AndroidCentral