Google Maps updated for Android, brings awesome Bubble Buttons

Google Maps updated for Android, brings awesome Bubble Buttons
Google Maps for Android has been updated to version 5.9, and it brings along with it some pretty nice new features. As usual, it's not a huge update, but the features it brings are quite helpful. As we mentioned last time Google Maps was updated, it now supports transit navigation, which allows you to see how many stops there are before your stop when on public transport, and that feature has gotten a little better. 

Version 5.9 adds support for transit navigation on Android tablets, but even better, it adds voice and ring notifications for transit navigation, meaning you don't have to keep checking Maps to see where you are in relation to where you want to be. Maps will notify you when it's about time to get off the train (of course this service uses approximate transit travel times when GPS isn't available, so it may not be entirely accurate if you're in a subway dead-zone, but still quite helpful). 

The other big addition comes in the form of a Labs feature called Bubble Buttons. Now, we're not sure why this is a Labs feature instead of a baked-on option, because it is all sorts of awesome. As with other Labs features, you have to toggle it on in the settings, but once you do, it will add bubble buttons to place markers to quickly call or navigate to that place without having to drill down into the Place Page. Very useful indeed. 

The update is live in the Android Market right now. 

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1. rex0422

Posts: 30; Member since: Aug 12, 2011

Just updated on my Asus Eee Pad Transformer. It's great and very useful. Go and get the update!!!

2. Thump3rDX17

Posts: 2160; Member since: May 10, 2010

dude..bubble buttons have been in the Labs for a REALLY long time..since i had my Devour.

3. CRICKETownz

Posts: 980; Member since: Oct 24, 2009

people actually bought the Devour?

4. Thump3rDX17

Posts: 2160; Member since: May 10, 2010

yeah, it was a fine phone til i heard it wasn't going to get updated...then free Droid 2 replacement for meee! ;P

5. Thump3rDX17

Posts: 2160; Member since: May 10, 2010

like really the Devour was a good phone. it would've been better if it had gotten the support it should've got. hardware wise it was better than the Droid.

6. Yeeee

Posts: 190; Member since: Aug 02, 2011

of course Megan Fox was in the commercial in a bath tub. They new some horny nerd would go buy it.

7. PhoneLuver

Posts: 481; Member since: Jul 05, 2010

This worries me. While Google says it won't favour one manufacturer over the next, its track record isn't all that impressive. Many OS' use Google maps, yet I have yet to have any significant upgrade to Google maps on IOS. No wonder WP7 will use Nokia maps instead. Looks like some ecosystems and manufacturers are more equal than others after all.. Meego will be the only 'true' open source mobile OS and if Google isn't careful, OEMs will make the jump.

8. PeterIfromsweden

Posts: 1230; Member since: Aug 03, 2011

I think that bada is open source as well, but it is limited i think. But MeeGo will be the only true open source now.

9. p0rkguy

Posts: 685; Member since: Nov 23, 2010

Google won't be updating Google Maps for iOS anytime soon. It is a luxury to get updates on Android OS. Basic "maps" is all the other OSes need and is still popular by choice throughout all OSes. Besides Apple announced they would release their own map after the whole tracking fiasco.

11. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

WP7 has being using bing maps, also MS hasn't released any of their apps for android either (windows live related) or apple releasing iTunes so I don't see why Google should be doing so. Google maps navigation is an android selling point.... and may remain on android

10. Moo unregistered

I can tell you that new google app for android is really good.

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