Jul 27 AT 3:55 PM Alberto Vildosola 17 Comments

Google Maps 5.8 arrives on the Market with photo uploads, My Places and more

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The Google Maps team is back with another update for their Android app. Once again, they managed to cram a bunch of new features into it. The undoubtedly best mobile mapping app in the world is now at version 5.8, and here’s what’s new:

  • Upload photos for a Place
  • My Places as a simple way to manage the Places you’ve starred and recently viewed
  • Descriptive terms for Places in search results
  • Add a new Place on-the-go when checking in

You can now upload photos of places right from your phone. These photos will then be saved to a folder called “Photos for Google Maps” on your Picasa account. There, you’ll be able to see and delete any photo that you’ve uploaded to Google Maps. This is a pretty cool feature, and one that I could see myself using a lot in the future. Even more, there’s a lot of potential here for Google to integrate the Google+ app. After all, we’re already uploading every picture we take on our phones automatically to Google+.

The second feature is My Places for the mobile app. If you’re an avid user of the Google Maps desktop app (like me), then you’re probably familiar with My Places. Put simply, My Places lets you keep track of every place you’ve ever rated or starred. And you can now do that from your Android phone.

Then there’s descriptive terms for Places and the ability to check into a Place even if it doesn’t exist. Descriptive terms on the mobile app work the same way they do on the desktop version. Every time you search for something, descriptive terms give you a quick description of the place.

You’ll also now be able to check into places that don’t exist. If the place you’re in doesn’t appear on Google Maps, simply add it and then check in. I’m guessing after a certain amount of check-ins, these previously missing places will automatically appear on Google Maps.

Not surprisingly, both the new check-in feature and the ability to upload photos are somewhat social features. But they also allow users to improve Google Maps. Forget about using Google+ to improve Google Search, imagine what will happen once Google has an army of Google+ users out there taking photos of everything and adding all the places on the face of the Earth.

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Source: Google Mobile Blog

Alberto is a college student living somewhere between Miami, Sarasota and the World Wide Web. Although a former iPhone owner, Alberto is now a proud Android enthusiast. You can follow Alberto on Twitter and Google+ for his thoughts unworthy of an article.

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    Google maps gets better and better… What I found weird is the update came to my Sensation , but not my Xoom..

  • Interpol91

    Love Google Maps!! I can see myself using the new features a lot. I love Google!

  • federalreserve

    Google Maps and its many features is one of the central reasons to own an Android phone… the iPhone just can’t compete with it

  • Jasonhunterx

    Best app no wonder it has 50 Million downloads

  • http://wolstenhol.me Phil Wolstenholme

    Two of my iPhone using friends saw the 3D buildings and compass rotating feature on my Android phone last night and were very impressed, to the point of one of them saying Android is what he should be using instead!

    • Monolith

      Did you show him the lag, UI inconsistencies and a 5 hour battery life?

  • Tran Lang

    Google works hard to provide us the best and useful apps. I personally appreciate all the features that Google Maps bring to me to make my daily life easy.

  • http://www.jeffkibuule.com Jeff

    What this really shows is how bad the Google Maps app for iOS works and performs.

  • Richard Yarrell

    No question google maps will always be the best. This update is exceptional I must say

    • http://Note Uncemister

      Agreed, I have yet to find anything bad about it!

  • aj

    im really curious when and what google maps will be like when its finally out of beta? this is the longest beta ive seen but of course it in no way likes a beta.

    • http://Note Uncemister

      Its probably something that will drive our cars for us since they do that so well for collecting map data lol.

  • joe

    hi guys,

    can anybody tell me why on my wildfire (android 2.2.1) I’ve no “off line option” in the Labs (just only scale bare and measure)?


  • Tiuri

    Love it

  • Rafaela

    google maps on iPhone is much better!

  • http://Note Uncemister

    The best app on Android just keeps getting better :D

  • Sebastiano

    I cannot find the night view!