Google Maps for Android receives update

Google Maps for Android receives update
As part of a desktop update to Google Maps, version 7.3 of Google Maps for Android has been rolled out. The update includes new notifications for Android phones running Android 4.1 or higher. In the expanded notifications window you will now find out where to turn next, ETA (that is first responder talk for estimated time of arrival), and how much distance remains until you reach your destination. The information isn't new, but the presentation is thanks to the expanded navigation window.

There are some other minor changes including smoother scrolling, and smaller cards. You are now prompted to see if you want to discard a review without saving it. Too many Google Maps users apparently have hit the back button by mistake. As usual, an update to an app like this, with so many users, is not going to happen with the snap of a finger, Keep checking the Google Play Store to see if your Google Maps for Android update is ready to be downloaded.

Screenshots from Google Maps
Screenshots from Google Maps

Screenshots from Google Maps


source: SlashGear via MobileSyrup

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15 Comments

1. XaErO

Posts: 353; Member since: Sep 25, 2012

Cool !!

2. THE.DARK.KNIGHT

Posts: 269; Member since: Sep 09, 2013

I wish google maps for android was as smooth and snappy as google maps for iPhone :-(

3. datsyuk

Posts: 180; Member since: Jan 11, 2012

Which phone are you using? Hoping 4.4 brings smooth optimization to all Android devices!

4. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 2013

It just be pretty bad if it can't run Google maps smoothly.

7. THE.DARK.KNIGHT

Posts: 269; Member since: Sep 09, 2013

Galaxy s3 running stock samsung jelly bean unrooted. I have an iPhone 5, iPad 4 and an iPhone 5S. To be fair i am Comparing google maps on iPhone 5 and google maps on galaxy s3. The one on the iPhone 5 is significantly faster

9. Topcat488

Posts: 1411; Member since: Sep 29, 2012

Next time try iMaps, instead of Google's... I bet the iphone is even faster. Hahaha

10. THE.DARK.KNIGHT

Posts: 269; Member since: Sep 09, 2013

You don't have the balls to accept that google apps run better on iOS than on android and so you are making fun of my iOS devices. Yes I accept that apple maps is pretty bad but even google maps took 7 years to reach its current level of perfection. You can't expect any company to do that within a year. Besides apple has accepted its fault and have also added a "Maps for your iPhone" section in the App Store ("Maps for your iPad" in iPad) and now that google maps is available for all iOS devices in its full form don't think an apple device having apple maps should make a difference.

13. Topcat488

Posts: 1411; Member since: Sep 29, 2012

You can't except the fact that i don't believe YOU... Your review of your old S3 against the ip5 is just a stupid comparison... And keep using Google Maps, because iMaps will never be finished for a looooooong time. Hehehe

14. THE.DARK.KNIGHT

Posts: 269; Member since: Sep 09, 2013

Accept* you have clearly never used an iOS device and so you will never know how much snappier an iOS device is. What do you mean old galaxy s3? They both came out in the same year....

6. maysider

Posts: 38; Member since: Aug 11, 2013

IPhone is just a fast and expensive toy If you want a great experience with android you have to buy e.g. SGS4 Google edition...you can cont compare cheap Android phone with fast and expensive toy called iPhone

8. JC557

Posts: 1917; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

On my LG Spectrum 2 running stock 4.1.2, Google Maps 6.14 runs pretty darn smooth and the same goes for the 6.xx Maps on my HTC Rezound. After updating the Maps to 7.2 on the Spectrum 2 everything just went to hell. It's slower/ choppier to navigate, directions become a bit cumbersome. I can't view other transit stops that aren't part of the route (as a backup plan) and the screen just looks too busy. Hopefully this Google Maps update will resolve all of those issues but at least I can always fall back to 6.14.

5. maysider

Posts: 38; Member since: Aug 11, 2013

Yes, give us features! But without proper offline maps management it's just a toy for searches Thanks God for the great Sygic

11. Jommick

Posts: 221; Member since: Sep 10, 2013

Never had any of the aforementioned lag issues on either of my two most recent phones, Moto X and Nexus 4

12. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

No map lag in my nexus or Onex either. That dude is just trolling. Funny part is, him having to use Google maps, I guess you got to use what works.

15. JC557

Posts: 1917; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

Just spent a day with the new update and I had to go back to 6.14. This maps update is still a bit laggy/ slow to render and a lot of simultaneous map browsing is still left out eg: I set a route to a destination by transit but want to zoom into another stop to check an alternate route that Maps did not give me. Can't do that in 7.x... it's also still pretty cluttered.

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