Google Maps updated to 5.5 and crosses 200 million mobile users

Google Maps updated to 5.5 and crosses 200 million mobile users
Rejoice, Android users! Google Maps has been updated to 5.5 and it brings a slew of updates Place pages by adding a button for check-ins and one for rating that place. It also improves home/work location tracking in Latitude, and public transit Place pages. These updates come on the heels of the news that Google Maps has passed 200 million mobile users across all platforms. Of course, not all platforms get the same features, and, being Google's baby, Android gets all the best tricks first.

This Maps update is all about making existing features more prominent and easier to find. It adds easy access to a check-in button on the Place page, so you can check-in or check-out of your favorite places. It also adds easy access to the rate and review button. The tweaks to Latitude make it easier to edit your home and work addresses if you use Latitude's cool location history feature. This feature was released last month, and gives users a dashboard to track how much time they spend at home, at work, or out. This location history is completely private unless you choose to share it.

The last change is to the public transit Place pages, which adds information about upcoming departures for lines at that station. Google Maps transit information is a wonderful resource available in 440 cities worldwide, and this update makes it easier to find information from a nearby station without having to search for directions.

You can grab the update in the Android Market.

source: Google Mobile Blog



1. nathanandroid555 unregistered

I wonder if they'll make Apple mapa

2. nathanandroid555 unregistered

I meant to say maps

3. Lucas777

Posts: 2137; Member since: Jan 06, 2011

good. at least google is still committed to maps... and ya, for above i do beleive apple is thinking of making their own maps thing... probably like nokia has ovi they will have imaps..

4. Lucas777

Posts: 2137; Member since: Jan 06, 2011

sorry... i forgot they changed it to "nokia services" or something...

6. Kev2000 unregistered

Another plus for android,google maps is going from strength to strength!

7. Dingo37 unregistered

If Apple ever did make maps expect them to be highly restricted by only being updated through itunes and don't expect them to be free. A 7.99 purchase price or something similar would be applied as in keeping with Apples money milking policy.

14. Lucas777

Posts: 2137; Member since: Jan 06, 2011

why wud they do that? maps are a core funcitionality... do u have to pay for safari?

9. fanesxx

Posts: 74; Member since: May 19, 2011

wow google you been updating like crazy

13. Hawke9150 unregistered

Kinda of nice that in a Blog for Wireless, we have people who are trying to sell clothing and thier accessories.

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