Mar 29 AT 9:13 AM Taylor Wimberly 19 Comments

Google Maps for Android gets a fresh look with latest update

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This week Google rolled out a new version of Google Maps for Android that includes a new look for Navigation on devices with Android 4.0+. Google also shared some interesting usage statistics which show Google Maps for Android has provided 50 billion kilometers of turn-by-turn directions, the equivalent of 130,000 trips to the moon, 334 trips to the sun, 10 trips to Neptune or 0.005 light years.

New features in Google Maps 6.5 include:

  • A new look for Navigation on Android 4.0+ phones: A new homescreen makes it easier to enter a new destination or select from recent and favorite locations by swiping left or right.
  • Crisper, faster maps for high pixel density devices: If your device has a high pixel density screen, such as those on Galaxy Nexus, Galaxy S II, Droid Razr and others, you’ll now get higher resolution map tiles that take better advantage of the pixels-per-inch on your screen.
  • Pick your preferred public transit mode and route option: Now lets you choose to prioritize a particular transit mode (such as the bus or subway) and route option (like taking the recommended route, one with fewer transfers or one with less walking).
For those users with newer devices, this is a must update. Grab it from the Google Play Store below and let us know what you think of the latest update.

 

Via: Official Google Blog

Source: Google Maps for Android

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