May 25 AT 5:21 PM Alberto Vildosola 13 Comments

Google Maps for Android gets updated with better check-ins, better transit info, and more

Google Maps for Android keeps getting better and better. El Goog just released a new version of the popular app to the Market with a handful of new features. It hasn’t been more than a week since the company updated Google Maps for the mobile browser, and here we are once again with a new version of Google Maps for Android. Seeing the service get updated so frequently, you get the sense that the company is extremely¬†obsessed about¬†the local space.

In this new version, Google has improved the way users can check in and check out of places. Now, when you go to a Place page, you can check in and give the place a rating right there on the same page. Last month, Google released the Location History dashboard, which allows people to see where they’ve been and how much time they spent at work or home. I’m not sure how many people actually use this feature but you’ll now be able to change your home and work address right from inside Latitude. Have fun realizing that you’re spending way too much at work — or slacking at home for that matter.

Google Maps is not only good at giving you driving directions, but the app is also extremely useful for those of you who walk everywhere — and now it’s better. In this version, Google has updated the transit station page, making it easier for users to plan their trip. With each page now showing “a list of upcoming scheduled departures for different lines, all the transit lines serving the station, and links to nearby transit stations.”

I find it a little coincidental that Google updates the Google Maps app right before a big press event. Something tells me that this version of Google Maps has something to do with tomorrow’s event. Maybe it has some hidden feature that the company will show off tomorrow. You know what would make me want to use Latitude’s Location History dashboard, if it showed me all the places where I’ve used my Nexus S to pay for stuff. I guess we’ll find out soon.


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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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  • Dave K

    Transit schedules don’t seem to work for NYC, everything says “Schedules unknown”. Can you really not have it working for the largest public transit system in the world and still claim that it’s working? Come on, Google!

  • http://Website Cod3rror

    How about offering map(Country, City) downloading for offline usage?

    • http://Website labrat

      With offline caching and you should be good for at least a city(probly more) with maps 5.X.
      Check the settings.

  • Tangent

    Bring back the option to have the driving navigation arrow directly on the search result pin like there was in the Labs option several updates ago! If I want directions somewhere it’s nice to search for it, find it on the map, and have a one-click option to get driving directions. Much more convenient than clicking on the result, then on Directions, and then on Driving Navigation…

    • http://Website labrat

      Damn right! This is easily what I miss the most in GMaps since 5.0.

      Got to find who did the labs feature and emailing him or something!!!

  • http://Website Mark T

    Checkins still aren’t supported for Google Apps accounts.

  • Android Applications Development

    This is really a good news that Google Android maps are getting improved day by day and its extremely useful that now there is new version of Google Maps for Android.

  • http://Website Marcus

    How ’bout some Navigation for Sweden?!!!!!!!

  • http://Website HectorPA

    Google seems obsessed with social networking their maps. Why? Advertising your location willy-nilly is a free ticket to scams and rip-offs. I’d rather see the “beta’ navigation get beefed up and finally allow deleting of previous destinations without the need to practically uninstall the entire app every time. A simple need in an app, but Google can’t seem to grasp it.

    • http://Website Mike

      I agree completely.

      They should break this into several smaller apps. If you want check-ins (which I think are silly) you can download a check-ins app or plug-in. If you just want maps or navigation, you can have only those things.

      With all the features they’ve crammed in, this app is huge. And the fact that you can’t clear the data from old searches is a real headache. I’m running an older phone with limited storage space, and every time I use maps, I end up with a “low space” warning. I then have to uninstall Maps and reinstall it.

      • Tangent

        You can clear your previous searches without uninstalling maps. From your homescreen go to Settings, Applications, Manage Applications, Maps, and tap the Clear Data button. I agree that it should easier than that though. Something as simple like having “Clear search history” right next to “Clear map tile cache” on the cache settings menu.

  • http://Website Peter Crook

    Yes the best news would be Downloadable Maps

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