Update to Google Maps 5.7 for Android brings Transit Navigation and more new features
Transit Directions without Navigation (L) and with it (R)
The updated Google Maps app for Android now supports one click access to Navigation. If you click on the driving or walking icon and you have selected a route that is supported by Google Navigation, the familiar blue icon will appear and when clicked, will take you to the turn-by-turn directions. Google has also added category icons for search suggestions such as a pin for a Google Places recommendation or a star for a 'starred' place or location; a previously used search term will get a clock icon, a person icon appears for contacts while a magnifying glass appears for all others.
Finally Google has added a photo viewer for Places which allows Google Maps for Android users to look at pictures of possible destinations before deciding where to go. Google Maps 5.7 can be downloaded for free from the Android Market and requires a phone running Android 2.1 or higher.
1. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5510; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)
The only issue that could potentially impact the transit navigation feature is where there are tall buildings (like San Francisco...) that interfere with the GPS signal. I have found some interference with the Google Navigation app in S.F. Things ultimately sort themselves out once a straight line to the GPS satellites can be achieved, but that could cause the rider to miss the stop they are supposed to exit on. I imagine a similar problem would occur where tunnels are involved (D.C. Metro comes to mind).
If Google can sort out the building interference/lack of signal issue, I think such a function would be really handy/helpful.
2. messiah (Posts: 433; Member since: 19 Feb 2010)
transparent buildings. google is working on it.