Latest Google Maps update for Android finally brings a translucent status bar to the table, with a catch

Latest Google Maps update for Android finally brings a translucent status bar to the table, with a catch
Google Maps is undoubtedly one of the most popular apps (more than a billion downloads!) that Mountain View has ever unleashed onto Smartphone world. During the past few months, the app has been continuously scoring new features and improvements, most of which might seem like pretty incremental and not so major ones, but at the end of the day, they improved the user experience. The best part of this evolution is that it spanned across all supported platforms.

The newest update to the Android version of Google Maps, version 9.9, has just arrived. Don't expect any grand and major new features, though. It brings a single visual novelty - unlike previous versions of the app, which had a black status bar, v9.9 flaunts a transparent one, which looks a bit better in comparison, getting closer to its iOS counterpart in terms of visuals.

However, note that you'll need to be running Android 5.0 Lollipop or newer in order to experience the translucent status bar in the new version of the app. Regardless of the Android version you're flaunting, the update will be hitting you soon. You can also grab and manually install the app by visiting the source link.

Download: Google Maps (Android)



source: APKMirror via AndroidPolice

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10 Comments

1. blazee

Posts: 414; Member since: Jan 02, 2012

Now do the same with the bottom onscreen buttons

2. sun0066

Posts: 270; Member since: Feb 12, 2011

doesn't add up that much

3. McLTE

Posts: 922; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

What Maps really needs is to do away with the need to click 50 (exaggerated) times to go from search to navigation. You'd think that as a DRIVING app, it would be much easier to initiate the navigation.

9. ePoch270

Posts: 193; Member since: Sep 26, 2013

Long press the car icon in the first search results field.

10. ePoch270

Posts: 193; Member since: Sep 26, 2013

Long press the car icon in the first search results field.

4. waddup121 unregistered

Niceeeee

6. luckyone777

Posts: 18; Member since: Dec 18, 2014

google map is trash. last time I used it causes me to go in circle and lose my appointment. Here from Nokia is way better and can be use offline.

7. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

How hard it is for Google Maps to support offline maps?

8. gomulkaaa

Posts: 42; Member since: Sep 02, 2011

It supports offline maps already. It's done so for a long time now.

11. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Its a glorified screenshot. It only takes 50km x 50km map, and it gets cleared once in a while.

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