Google Maps for mobile to get Zagat integration, dynamic rerouting and more

Google Maps for mobile to get Zagat integration, dynamic rerouting and more
Well, what do you know - it turns out that not only the desktop version of Google Maps is getting new features. During the Google I/O conference, Google gave everyone a sneak peek preview of some new features coming to Google Maps for mobile.

The next Google Maps will include 5-star rating scale for restaurants, bars, coffee shops, and more. What's more is that Google is throwing in Zagat integration, providing professional, trustworthy reviews of restaurants and other places. On top of that, Google Offers will be integrated, displaying hot deals near you.

But how do you get to these places you just discovered on Google Maps? With Navigation, of course, which Google is bringing improvements to as well. One of them is the dynamic rerouting experience, which provides alternative driving directions on the go. You know, just in case there's a huge traffic jam forming ahead of the driver. In addition, Google will integrate reports of road incidents in the nearby vicinity.

Last but definitely not least, the Explore experience is another handy addition about to land on Google Maps. Simply put, it is an easy way of searching for places nearby where one can eat, drink, shop, or play.

The new Google Maps experience is coming this summer, both on tablets and smartphones running Android and iOS.



1. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Only thing missing from Maps/Navigation is off-line function. Like for when there is no cellular signal.

3. skymitch89

Posts: 1453; Member since: Nov 05, 2010

It actually does do off-line. You just have to download that portion of the map (the bigger the area the bigger the file that needs to be downloaded) and load up the navigation before leaving cell service area (or before disconnection from Wi Fi). I know this because I've used it before on my Evo Shift and Epic Touch.

6. taz89

Posts: 2014; Member since: May 03, 2011

it has offline maps but it cant be used for navigation etc

5. amats69

Posts: 1527; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

skymitch is maps supports offline mode. It is good but not as good as Nokia Nokia Maps you can download the maps of the whole country for offline use..

8. B3BLW29

Posts: 238; Member since: Mar 02, 2012

Agreed, Nokia Drive has best offline support.

2. dwillopp

Posts: 18; Member since: Jul 08, 2010

This already exists

4. skymitch89

Posts: 1453; Member since: Nov 05, 2010

The "dynamic rerouting experience" is already part of Navigation, ever since it first came out. I've used Navigation quite a few times and when it tells me to go one direction, and I know the area and know a better way, I ignore it and go the way I want. It gets annoying by trying to direct me back to the rout it was on, but eventually finds the rout I'm on and calms down.

7. AFnerdTP unregistered

lol.. "calms down"

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