Google Maps for Android updated to make menus friendlier

Google Maps for Android updated to make menus friendlier
It may not be the biggest update we've seen, but it has the potential to be one of the more impactful updates to the way you use Google Maps and how easy it is to find your way around. The new version was pushed out to the Google Play Store today, and it brings Google Maps to version 6.4.0. 

The only change made in this version was in the design of the menu in Navigation mode. The menu has been changed from a list of text-only options to a more touch-friendly version laid out with some icons to quickly help you find what you need. The new layout also keeps all of the options closer to the bottom of the screen, which should make it easier for one-handed use on some of today's larger screened devices. 

If you want the new update, just head over to the Google Play Store.


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4 Comments

1. squallz506

Posts: 1075; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

im glad google maps is becoming more friendly. i always found the menus to be rather crass and offensive. i dig the new design.

2. nnaatthhaannx2

Posts: 820; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

I like how google has united their products under "Play" but it still confuses me that it just... happened. like, out of no where. good choice tho

3. itzmando

Posts: 119; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

Wow, I just updated Google Maps, and was prompted to agree to google conditions, I was like accept. Than when i went back to my home screen the Google market icon is different. I dont really like the app nor the "play"

4. Jodabro

Posts: 35; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

Not a bad thing to update the menu, don't see this as a ground breaker. The biggest issue I have with Google Maps is the bloatware that comes with it, mainly Latitude... don't need it or want it. Second portion of that issue is the shear size of the download, 12mb without sd card transfer capable. Other thing that comes to mind in this article is the Market to Play rebrand. Used to be able to just read pushed out to the"Market" today, now it reads pushed out to the "google play store" today. Why change the name to such a mouth full, bad marketing (no pun intended) if you ask me.

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