Google Maps 4.3 Released, Includes Optimized Ratings for Places and Latitude Suggestions

Google has pushed out version 4.3 of the increasingly useful Google Maps application for Android handsets.  If you are running 1.6 or higher, you are advised to immediately download the latest release.  There are three  improvements/additions to the Maps you’ve grown to love over the last year and a half – Place pages, Transit, and Latitude.

Place Pages

Thinking of grabbing a bite to eat tonight but don’t know whether or not the restaurant is worth your time or money?  Why not check out often-mentioned aspects like food quality, service, and atmosphere in handy, color-coded bars>  Much like you can find on Place Pages on your desktop, it’s a breeze to skim through review blurbs and figure out if you need to look elsewhere for a burrito.

Google Maps 4.3 Places Ratings

Transit

Public transit stations, schedules, and more are now available at your fingertips.  Find out when the next subway is due or whether or not you have time to get to the bus station. 

Latitude

Google makes it easier than ever to stay in touch with close friends or rekindle a relationship with and old buddy.   Look to the bottom of Latitude friend list and you’ll see an option to share your location with friends as well as Google Contacts. There are also options to add friends from a list of suggestions in case they don’t immediately come to mind.

Look for Google Maps 4.3 in the Android Market today.  If you have a previous version installed, look for that update available icon in the notification bar.

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12 Comments

  1. arief
    June 23, 02:00 Reply

    wew..amazing..its powerfull..

  2. The_Omega_Man
    June 23, 07:22 Reply

    This just gets better and better over time.
    WTG Google teams!

  3. yohan
    June 23, 04:09 Reply

    wow, google map really cool and always improving :)

  4. enricksspaikers
    June 23, 10:49 Reply

    If you are running 1.6 or higher, you are advised to immediately download the latest release. Why does this version need permission to record audio? The previous version did voice search fine without that permission, so I assume it is needed for something else.
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    • mutiara
      June 26, 15:52 Reply

      thanks man, it explain why i'm having some issue with the apps..

  5. Kingtsy
    June 28, 03:47 Reply

    Hi I recently bought Samsung Spica and new at android. I can access only limited applications in my android market. There's not even a google map in my cellphone. How can I extend for access all the application in the market? Thanks.

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