Google is on a roll with 6 updates for Google Maps coming over the last 6 months. Version 4.4 released today, brings us Places. The Places Icon allows you to search for locations near you, restaurants, hotels, ATMs, gas stations and more. You can even add your own custom searches as well. Simply locate the Places icon and long press to add to your home screen or you can access it via the application drawer.
With this update Google brings more features to its ever expanding location based services. Places offers you the ability to search and locate a place sorted by distance from your current location. The application addon has a few canned searches, You can also choose to add your own or freestyle using the search bar at the top. With the update comes an updated Place Page where you can find out all you need to know about the location price, directions, reviews and other business details. The Place Page also incorporates Directions, Turn By Turn Navigation, Calling, Street View and a show on Map function as well. While browsing a Place Page you can swipe left or right, The gesture will take you to the next/previous search result.
Google Maps 4.4 is available for download in the Android market. Search for “Google Maps” or scan the QR Code below.