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).