Jul 06 AT 1:12 PM Edgar Cervantes 19 Comments

Video: Google Maps 5.7 update brings Transit Navigation, other convenient features

Google Maps updates tend to be very minor, since the app is already very well designed. This is definitely not the case for its new update to version 5.7, which brings Transit Navigation, search categories and Photo Viewer for Place pages.

Transit Navigation and Updated Directions

Transit Navigation brings stop-by-stop directions for public transportation in over 400 cities. It basically works as you would expect; it determines your location through GPS and lets you know when/where to get off. Google Maps even alerts you via the notification bar if you happen to be doing anything else on your device.

Those who use turn-by-turn directions often know that the Navigation and Google Maps apps needed better team work. Google Maps has now better integrated Navigation to the Google Maps app by adding a Navigation button in certain areas. Aside from being located in the top-right corner of directions, it is also added as a search option. The Navigation button is now conveniently placed right next to the “Get Directions” button, and you can skip the Directions if you so chose.

Improved Search Suggest

Google has added labeled icons next to search suggestions. These icons reflect the type of place the suggestion refers to and allows for easier specified searching. Now search suggestions will display an icon of a pin, a star, a clock, a person or a magnifying glass. The pin represents a Google Places listing, the star represents your starred locations, the clock labels previously searched locations, a person icon represents your contacts and the magnifying glass covers all other categories.

Photo Viewer for Places pages

This new feature is pretty much self explanatory. Photo Viewer is available via the Google Maps application, and it allows you to see the images tagged to certain locations. If you’re traveling around and would like to see areas near your destination en route, this is definitely a convenient way to do it. Direct from Google Maps.

Full List of Changes

  • Get GPS stop-by-stop public transit directions in Navigation (Beta)
  • Receive search suggestions based on previous direction destinations and visited Place pages
  • Get directions in less clicks with updated Directions experience
  • Improved battery power management for Navigation (Beta)
  • Browse photos of Place pages in a gallery view
  • Use the ‘Download Map Area’ lab to save map areas for offline viewing

Download / Update

Google has definitely gone above and beyond with this new update to Google Maps, so get your update to check out these new features. The only requirement is that you have Android 2.1 or above, so most of us are covered! For further details, enjoy Google’s tutorial for Google Maps 5.7 below. Do you guys like this update? Which features are the best? Which will you use the most?


Via: Google (Twitter)

Source: Official Google Blog

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  • http://Website JLishere

    There was also a quiet feature in today’s Google Maps update. In labs, you can now enable “Download Map Area”. Go to any place page (address or business), and there’s a new option in the menu to download a 10 miles radius area around the place you specify to your phone’s internal memory. The area will appear as a black square around your location. Only the map tiles are downloaded (traffic or satellite view cannot be fetched). I’m still trying to verify whether addresses and businesses are downloaded as well, which would allow you to continue performing local search without a data connection. In which case, Google Maps just became that much more of a threat against traditional GPS devices.

  • http://audacityshewrote.com Cari L. Pedstelak

    Considering Google Maps with REAL GPS was 1 of my main reasons for having phone envy of my roommate’s Android phone vs my old BB8320 & now I finally have an HTC Sensation (total Android convert now!), I can’t wait to see what’s next with Google Maps! It’s so helpful, even in the Detroit metro area where traffic & construction changes every time you blink your eyes! :-D

  • http://Website Peter

    Why didn’t you mention the Google+ integration? Enable Latitude and try to check in somewhere. You will se a new dialog regarding adding a comment to your stream and also which circles who can see the check in. But as of now, this disable the auto check in feature.

  • http://maxtechnewz.blogspot.com/ Max

    anyone use Google maps on a daily basis

    • http://Website vvelvetelvis

      i use it all the time. its the only gps that i use. and its damn reliable.

  • http://Website Katharina Jiggles

    iPhone app is much better

    • http://Website velvetelvis

      i use it all the time. its the only gps that i use. and its damn reliable.

      • http://Website velvetelvis

        sorry, wrong comment

  • http://kgmin.wordpress.com Neil

    When are they going to add speed limit signs? That seems like a no brained to me.

    • https://plus.google.com/110132606744245316440/about Clark Wimberly

      I doubt they’ll ever add speed limits. I know some other GPS units have them but I’ve always thought that sounded like a nightmare to maintain. And it would leave Google liable (not legally, but in the eyes of the user) if you were to ever get pulled over for speeding.

  • Dave K

    Still waiting for them to figure out how to get something like this to work in a subway.

    • sota767

      If all the phones get gyros and better integration between the sensors (gps/wifi/gyro/accel/compass/etc) the phone would be able to continue to determine your course even when GPS was lost.

      Sensor fusion http://youtu.be/C7JQ7Rpwn2k would go a long way in Android.

  • http://Website Roshan Shrestha

    Maybe this option is there already. Just like I can add a “folder” called “Starred contacts” to the home screen; is there a feature to add the locations marked in the map as “Favorite” into a folder in the home screen? This would make navigating to frequently used places much easier. I know that I can create “shortcuts” on the home screen, and these can be placed in a folder – I would be satisfied even if I could add all the “favorites” to a folder in one simple step.

  • MitchRapp81

    big city subway stations have cell reception now … cell reception = a-gps works

    as for “iphone app works better” comment … please… what app? haha

  • http://Website lorne

    I would like to have maps with stop light data. If that was considered, city routes would be more accurate. I hate routes that have a ton of stoplights when I can go a mile further to a highway or better route.

  • http://Website Richard Yarrell

    This is a great addition to maps especially here in New York where real subways exist. Nothing beats Google or Google maps

  • http://punmobile.net punzz

    Updates again?,battery power management I think is da best feature

  • http://adfoe.com Ryan

    super rad that it shows the cost and driving cost to compare