May 11 AT 1:05 PM Taylor Wimberly 16 Comments

Google Maps adds biking directions and share options

Google pushed out a minor update to Google Maps today that now includes biking directions, a new Navigation icon, a shortcut to share places with friends, and more.

A new bicycling layer  is now available on the map which shows dedicated bike-only trails (dark green), roads with bike lanes (light green), or roads that are good for biking but lack a dedicated lane (dashed green). The Navigation app appears to be the same, but Google added a dedicated icon so users can create a shortcut on their desktop. Finally users can now easily share any location using the new share button on the place pages.

The latest Google Maps still requires Android 1.6+, but many first-gen phones are soon to be upgraded so be on the lookout.

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Source: Google Mobile Blog

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  • http://nickedynick.blogspot.com Nickedynick

    My Navigation icon isn’t showing up :-(

    • http://Website p0di

      Nick restart your phone and it will show up. I had the same problem.

  • http://geekforbrains.com Gavin

    Too bad its US only right now. Can’t wait for this in Canada!

  • http://clarklab.net Clark Wimberly

    I live in Austin and LOVE the bike directions on Google Maps. We’ve got a ton of bike lanes here and its nice to see the accurately mapped out.

  • http://Website matthias

    for biking I still prefer to use naviki… try http://www.naviki.org/en/start/

  • http://www.lifequill.com Canterrain

    Hopefully they will soon update this with a real voice! For laughs, get their speech to try and say indianapolis.

    still, I wanna try this out as we have bike routes in my area. Let’s see accuracy.

  • http://Website Daniel B

    Just installed, Finally NAV in canada!! looks nice on my shiny X10 :D

  • http://Website Raymond

    Is anyone else not getting the tape measure icon/layer to show up in maps? I am running a N1.

  • http://www.formidableapps.co.uk Neil Kirk

    I’m a UK user and got the ‘Update Available’ notification, but all it won’t download… I get a ‘Download Unsuccessful’ message?

    Is this because it’s only available in the US? If so, why then does it show up in the Market? If not, what might the problem be?

  • http://Website Mike

    Having the same issue… keeps saying “Download Unsuccessful.’ And I’m in Tennessee. Hmmm….

  • http://Website Michelle

    I am in Texas and tried downloading/installing/restarting several times but still says “download unsuccessful.”

  • http://Website John

    I’m in Maryland, but it keeps saying “download unsuccessful”. Same with Wifi or 3G. Tried rebooting. Gmail and calendar still syncing fine. GTalk works. Other apps download & Run fine. Just GMaps update: won’t download from the market. Very frustrating.

  • http://Website Andrew

    I’m in Boston and I am also getting the “download unsuccessful” message. Droid Incredible btw.

  • http://Website Josh
  • http://Website CCM

    I am also facing the same problem. Other apps working, but cannot download any thing from android market. It always unsuccessful.

    In singapore singtel, using samsung galaxy s, firmware 2.1-update

    I think the problem started after my phone’s firmware was updated.

  1. My Navigation icon isn’t showing up :-(

  2. GavinGuest 5 years ago

    Too bad its US only right now. Can’t wait for this in Canada!

  3. I live in Austin and LOVE the bike directions on Google Maps. We’ve got a ton of bike lanes here and its nice to see the accurately mapped out.

  4. matthiasGuest 5 years ago

    for biking I still prefer to use naviki… try http://www.naviki.org/en/start/

  5. Hopefully they will soon update this with a real voice! For laughs, get their speech to try and say indianapolis.

    still, I wanna try this out as we have bike routes in my area. Let’s see accuracy.

  6. Daniel BGuest 5 years ago

    Just installed, Finally NAV in canada!! looks nice on my shiny X10 :D

  7. RaymondGuest 5 years ago

    Is anyone else not getting the tape measure icon/layer to show up in maps? I am running a N1.

  8. Neil KirkGuest 5 years ago

    I’m a UK user and got the ‘Update Available’ notification, but all it won’t download… I get a ‘Download Unsuccessful’ message?

    Is this because it’s only available in the US? If so, why then does it show up in the Market? If not, what might the problem be?

  9. MikeGuest 5 years ago

    Having the same issue… keeps saying “Download Unsuccessful.’ And I’m in Tennessee. Hmmm….

  10. MichelleGuest 5 years ago

    I am in Texas and tried downloading/installing/restarting several times but still says “download unsuccessful.”

  11. JohnGuest 5 years ago

    I’m in Maryland, but it keeps saying “download unsuccessful”. Same with Wifi or 3G. Tried rebooting. Gmail and calendar still syncing fine. GTalk works. Other apps download & Run fine. Just GMaps update: won’t download from the market. Very frustrating.

  12. AndrewGuest 5 years ago

    I’m in Boston and I am also getting the “download unsuccessful” message. Droid Incredible btw.

  13. CCMGuest 5 years ago

    I am also facing the same problem. Other apps working, but cannot download any thing from android market. It always unsuccessful.

    In singapore singtel, using samsung galaxy s, firmware 2.1-update

    I think the problem started after my phone’s firmware was updated.