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Google Maps updated with several improvements

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Google Maps updated with several improvements
Android users can head over to the Andro….Google Play Store to get the latest version of Maps. While the “What’s New” list is short, the items on it are fairly important, especially if you use one of the newer Android handsets with a high resolution display and Android 4.0. The updates include public transit directions covering 475 cities around the world, an improved Navigation homepage (for Android 4.0 handsets) and improved rendering of map tiles.

The new transit information is available to everyone, and will be a welcome addition for anyone who regularly uses public transportation. Maps will now let you choose what type of transportation you want to prioritize (do you love the subway but hate the bus?), and whether you want to minimize travel time, the number of transfer points, or how much time you have to spend walking between rides.

Android 4.0 users are also getting an updated homepage UI for Navigation, which adds the ability to swipe between the landing page (to search for a destination), a list of favorites and frequently used locations, and your contacts. Google Maps Navigation is technically still in beta, yet Google reports that people have been guided over a whopping 50 billion kilometers by the software. We’re starting to suspect that Google just wants “Beta” to be part of the name, rather than a statement of development status.

Finally, Google has updated the way map tiles are rendered, promising improvements in readability on high resolution devices, like the Samsung Galaxy Nexus. The new map tiles are said to improve the speed and responsiveness as you pan around in the Maps app. For those of you suffering along without a high resolution display, you can see the difference in readability in the example below. The new map tile is on the right.

Google Maps updated with several improvements

Head on over to the Play Store link if you haven’t grabbed the update already. And if you aren’t seeing the new map tiles on your device, Google indicates clearing the cache from within the Maps settings page will relieve you of needing to exercise patience.

source: Google, Play Store link

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posted on 28 Mar 2012, 13:58

1. LoneShaolin (Posts: 307; Member since: 14 Jan 2012)


Sick. Just updated

posted on 28 Mar 2012, 14:03

2. medicci37 (Posts: 715; Member since: 19 Nov 2011)


If Google really wants to improve maps, they should give the option 2 delete !

posted on 28 Mar 2012, 14:16 3

3. Sniggly (Posts: 7182; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


The option to delete what?

posted on 28 Mar 2012, 14:30 5

5. mad5870 (Posts: 60; Member since: 21 Nov 2011)


If they wanted to make insert a good option it would be being able to add my home address and work address in separate labels. not just a stared location. That way if i'm some where out and about i can just click the "home button" from the home screen of the navigation app or let us edit/add a name to our stared locations. So instead of searching for an address we can search for our names. Idk that just me a simple request.

posted on 28 Mar 2012, 17:19 5

11. Whateverman (Posts: 3233; Member since: 17 May 2009)


You can do that with the shortcuts widget. Just long press on the home screen and instead of adding a widget, click on Shortcut>Directions & Navigation. Then enter your address and whatever you want to name it (Home, Work, or whatever), then you pick how you want the icon to look. And it works just like you said. Click it and it goes straight into the turn by turn navigation to that address. I think it's just what you're looking for. :)

posted on 28 Mar 2012, 22:02 3

15. mad5870 (Posts: 60; Member since: 21 Nov 2011)


Actually that is exactly what i'm looking for. WOWSA thank you. and to think i'm on my third year with an android device. well it must be true you learn something new every day. haha

posted on 28 Mar 2012, 23:23 2

16. Whateverman (Posts: 3233; Member since: 17 May 2009)


I know, right! Hopefully there will be a few more Easter eggs like this in ICS.

posted on 29 Mar 2012, 09:40 1

19. nnaatthhaannx2 (Posts: 820; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


This is what google maps needs:

*Solid intergration with Gas Buddy
*Speed limits
*More 3D buildings
*Get the Navigation out of Beta.

posted on 28 Mar 2012, 14:23

4. medicci37 (Posts: 715; Member since: 19 Nov 2011)


Option to delete maps. I disabled it several times, but it keeps reinabling itself & wasting my battery.

posted on 28 Mar 2012, 14:53 4

6. Sniggly (Posts: 7182; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


Um, and you're sure that it's Maps that wastes your battery and not something else? Maps takes, like, a meg of RAM or so. It's not much.

posted on 28 Mar 2012, 16:40

7. medicci37 (Posts: 715; Member since: 19 Nov 2011)


It's still a waste to have apps running that I never use. & What's the point of being able to disable apps, if they keep turning themselves back on ? If I didn't want to have control of my phone I would have gone with Apple instead of my Nexus. I think it's perfectly normal to want to be able to decide what apps run on my phone & Google should respect that.

posted on 28 Mar 2012, 16:45

8. medicci37 (Posts: 715; Member since: 19 Nov 2011)


Btw same thing happens when I disable Google+ (another Google service that really sucks)

posted on 28 Mar 2012, 16:55

9. iamcc (Posts: 1319; Member since: 07 Oct 2011)


I don't know what you're complaining about I use Google + and maps on my nexus and they never use more than 2-5% of my total battery if that...

posted on 28 Mar 2012, 17:46

12. medicci37 (Posts: 715; Member since: 19 Nov 2011)


Your missing the point. I don't use or want either app.

posted on 28 Mar 2012, 17:49

13. medicci37 (Posts: 715; Member since: 19 Nov 2011)


& If they would stay disabled, the apps would use 0% of my battery.

posted on 28 Mar 2012, 16:55

10. zothen (Posts: 12; Member since: 26 Mar 2012)


Why do these Google apps not automatically update like most other Android apps from the Google Play store?

posted on 29 Mar 2012, 01:17

17. Owlet (Posts: 447; Member since: 21 Feb 2011)


You can set all the apps to update automatically, or none to update automatically, or just some apps to update automatically. You probably have some apps set to auto update. Go to the Play Store, hit menu, then settings. Chech "auto-update apps".

posted on 28 Mar 2012, 18:09

14. TROLL.ISAHA (banned) (Posts: 535; Member since: 28 Mar 2012)


This helps alot!

posted on 29 Mar 2012, 05:04

18. alihafeez (Posts: 3; Member since: 29 Jan 2011)


On my Huawei U8150 IDEOS Froyo running cell phone, the previous and the current version (6.4 and 6.5) keeps on crashing. How can I revert to a version prior to 6.4 or get the crash issue resolved.

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