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://nickedynick.blogspot.com Nickedynick

        Cheers :)

  • 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.