Mar 29 AT 9:13 AM Taylor Wimberly 19 Comments

Google Maps for Android gets a fresh look with latest update


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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  • spazby

    google nav rocks

    • amgala

      +1 This is a seriously great update to an already great app!

  • Ari32

    Anyone else having issues updating? Mine won’t, i have the Verizon Galaxy Nexus, stock. It said something about my app not being downloaded from the Google Play store, so i deleted the updates, and now it says something about an issue with processing the purchase and it will show up later, but it doesn’t

    • txbluesman

      I had some issues updating this morning also. I checked my accounts and sync settings and found that my gmail account was not syncing, it showed and error and was red. I tapped it and it resynced, then I rebooted my phone and I was able to do my updates in Goggle Play after that. Hope that helps you too.

      • Ari32

        Still no luck, my account is syncing fine. I can’t figure it out. I get this message: “Your order is processing, it will be available in a few minutes.” Yet it never downloads.

  • redraider133

    One of the most useful features of android. Google nav rocks!

  • SGB101

    it never fails me, and has almost replaced my tom tom.

    when my One X, turns up, il be getting a car mount and the tom tom, will then be confined to the glove box, only to come out when i travel in Europe, as roaming rate of far, far, far to high.

    • Fulaman

      Mine has completely replaced my TomTom, it’s far better than TomTom, it gets FREE updates almost weekly, and it has street view. Combine that with a phone car dock and an aux jack cable for your car and it’s unbeatable.

  • Jorge Vieira

    Just checked it out i love how starred places on your maps is a quick swipe to the left very very nice. And its def more pleasing to the eyes and flows nicer of the navigation home panel.

  • itguy426

    Just when you think they have done it all and turned it into a great app. They go and make it better. I love Google Navigation its a huge selling point of the phone. Can’t wait to see what else Google is working on.

  • Slith

    Great on the Galaxy Nexus!

  • WlfHart

    It just keeps getting better and better!

  • George

    This app is by far the most useful one on my phone, right after “Phone” and “Messaging” obviously.
    One thing I really wish they had made was downloading maps for offline use, by province or state or country … not by selecting an odd square on the map…

  • smeghead68

    Update looks great!

  • Anisrav

    Ya! it’s looks good….

    it all and converted it into an excellent app. They go and create it better. I really like The search engines Routing its a large feature of the cellphone. Cannot delay to see what else The search engines is operating on.

    if you want these type of google map integration to your Android Apps


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  • jay

    Can someone help. I’ve used Google maps for years on my company issued Blackberry and like it.

    I just got an Android phone of my own, and GM keeps requesting an account. The Blackberry version NEVER did this. I don’t want my mapping and searching associated with a name and address to make me a marketing target (current IP is not that useful to marketers).

    Is there some way to simply use GM as it works in the blackberry?

  • angie1wilson

    question???I turned on the google navigation/tracking/gps on my sons phone.He has a android phone does anyone know what imformation will get and how to get it? HElp