Jul 11 AT 12:13 PM Dima Aryeh 17 Comments

Google’s Maps commercial highlights new app, Detroit

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The new Google Maps Android app shown off at Google I/O 2013 has finally been released. With a brand new user interface, it’s a pretty sweet looking app. Unfortunately, it’s plagued by the one issue that plagues all of Google’s recent large updates: it’s on a staged roll-out, so many people are simply not getting the update yet. You can find the APK and install it over your existing application, but if you don’t want to bother, Google is giving you a taste of the app through a new commercial.

The ad stars a guy exploring Detroit with the help of Google Maps on his Nexus device. I don’t know how they did it, but this ad is simply amazing. For lack of a better word, it rocks. Seriously, give it a watch:

We loved the ad, and Google should definitely keep making them. Not only are they awesome, but they show off the product perfectly. And lucky for us, the product is free! Tell us what you thought of this commercial in the comments.

Dima Aryeh is a Russian obsessed with all things tech. He does photography, is an avid phone modder (who uses an AT&T Galaxy Note II), a heavy gamer (both PC and 360), and an aspiring home mechanic. He is also an avid fan of music, especially power metal.

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  • Vance

    I like the first person perspective. Perfect for an interactive app like maps. Got my update last night and am eager to try the reroute function next time I’m in los Angeles on business.

    • Arthur

      I saw that my phone had automatically updated when I woke up this morning (Pacific Time). Haven’t had a chance to use it yet.

      One thing I wish Google or LG, whoever would be more appropriate to do so, would address the insane overheating issue with the N4 when maps or even worse, Navigation is running. I have seen phones getting warm during the GPS apps running but not to this level. It is to the point that I might have to wrap an icepack on the pack of the phone to cool it down.

      Other than the overheating problem, I have never had an issue with the Maps app for Android, doesn’t have some of the fancy features of Waze but with Google’s acquisition of Waze, we should see some of that transfer to Maps in the future.

      • AnthonyRyan

        I’ve had the overheating a lot using GPS or just random usage on my N4 what’s up with that ?

  • Héctor

    Google Play says Maps is installed on between 500 and 1000 million devices. I can understand the staged rollout :-\

    • http://www.androidandme.com Dima Aryeh

      It’s definitely understandable, but it’d be nice if there was a way to get it faster, like a Google+ Community to skip the staged rollout.

  • epps720

    a lot of this looks like it should be a commercial for glass. Just put a little screen in the corner

    • http://www.androidandme.com Dima Aryeh

      Subliminal messaging!

  • rockosolido

    Man, I’m from Detroit and they did a great job making the city look appealing to anyone from out of state. That’s pretty slick, and the update to Maps is just as stellar.

  • halo0

    Being from the Detroit area I think this commercial kicks ass! Killed it.

  • Nate B.

    Everything stock looks so good on a Nexus. Simple but elegant and handsome design. Anyways, I’m curious to know what Key Lime Pie will look like as an overhaul. Apps are starting to look lighter and sharper. Card like.

  • Galen20K

    Thank you Google for showing off part of what makes Detroit so Awesome that other people in the country have no idea about. All those places in the video I’ve gone to regularly! Detroit Rock City baybee!!

  • http://None Javier Bastardo

    This kicked ass, Google’s been doing amazing/awesome commercials.

  • donger

    Can’t wait for their next major update.

  • Mike C.

    If only they had not crippled the offline experience …

  • brick

    That’s how my nights usually go. entirely random… but always a blast

  • Max.Steel

    Being from the Detroit area, this is simply the best commercial I have ever seen in my life. Great job, Google.

  • troy

    I’m not from Detroit, but it is great to see Detroit profiled in a positive light. Hoping you guys who live there see a great and impressive rebirth of a great American city.