Maps For Google Android Takes Advantage of G1 Hardware

The Official Google Mobile Blog has some information about Google Maps for the critically acclaimed T-Mobile G1. Google Maps on the G1 is more robust when compared to other mobile offerings. I might even go as far to say it looks better than it’s bigger brother on the desktop.

While I’m not a big fan of Streetview (or probably its because I’m not living in the US) I have to say I really dig that Maps on Android is integrated with email, IM and the web on the G1.

Maps is also integrated with email, IM, and the web on Android. For instance, street addresses that appear as plain text in these apps become touchable zones that you can click on to take you straight to Maps. Something similar happens when a Google Maps link is pasted into an email, IM or placed on a web page. When I touch it, I can choose whether to view the map in the browser, in Google Maps, or in any other application that’s built to handle what’s known to Android developers as an “intent.” Or, I can make the choice once and save it as my default map-viewing application

Check out below for a video of Google Maps for Android showing off on the G1

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  • James Bailey

    Let me be the first to say, “Huh?”

    Maps look better because of G1 hardware? That doesn’t even make any sense for this blog. Don’t let the rah! rah! take over guys. It is already bad enough.

  • Vamien McKalin

    Not that kind of looks man, the innovation that is available that is not found on the desktop

  • TareX

    Better than Google Earth? Sorry I don’t think so, really….

    Also, I understand how flashy Street view is, but not how useful it could ever be. I mean, I don’t see why they are marketing it that.

  • ashley

    StreetView can be useful if used with directions to somewhere you’ve never been before. That way you can see where you make a left turn with visual aids other than street names and also using the GPS to give you updated turn info. If you just look at the pictures for one address the most it can do for you is get you familiar with the surroundings of that area when you are looking for it later. It surely can’t help you spy on anyone or check your house since its about 6months behind in some cases for the pictures you are looking at. Its a lot of flash but it has potential to make GPS a bit more clear for directions at the least.

  • Justin

    Who said it was better than Google Earth? The post states, in his opinion, it may be better than “its bigger brother on the desktop,” meaning Google Maps in a browser. Considering Google Maps on the desktop doesn’t integrate (yet) with anything else like it does on Android, I’d say he’s right.

  • Molto interessante! bravo

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