Lost in the hullabaloo of the 2012 Consumer Electronics Show yesterday was an update to the Google Maps application that Google pushed to the masses. The latest Google Maps for Android claims to improve battery life while at the same time improving location tracking within Google Latitude, a service known for its adverse effect on battery life.
The latest Google Maps has also improved Transit Navigation; the update brings a better estimate of your location when you lose GPS signal and ups the number of possible transit routes from 3 to 4. As someone who has used Transit Navigation, the changes are very welcome and address a few frustrations I’ve had with Google’s service, which is still in beta.
Finally, the latest update brings more indoor maps, which you can use to navigate around various indoor venues in the US, mostly in the Las Vegas areas for CES.
It’s nice to see Google working to enhance their feature set while focusing on improving battery life, which can get very negatively hit in the Navigation process. If you haven’t already, be sure to head over to the market and update your Google Maps app to enjoy the latest and greatest Google has to offer.