Google Maps 4.5 Hits Android Market with Walking Navigation Beta

Folks with Android 1.6 or higher on their handsets should be seeing the familiar Android Market update notification.  Google has rolled out yet another update to their increasingly awesome Maps application.  This time around (v4.5) Google has meshed the previously available walking directions and navigation features into one beta product – Walking Navigation (Beta).  Like the name implies, Google Maps now helps you with walking directions in the same manner they’ve been helping drivers with turn-by-turn navigation.Another feature baked into the latest release is the new Google Maps search bar which rests at the top of the app screen.  A quick tap gets you going with Search, Places, and Layers options.  Also handy in Maps 4.5 is the ability to filter search results by distance/ratings, view prices categorized with dollar signs, and look at cross streets for places.  If you haven’t already done so, go to the Android Market and update your Google Maps!

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Scott has been running AndroidGuys since 2007 and loves nothing more than reading up on the latest smartphone rumors. His other mobile efforts can be found on Android Update (CNET) where he covers Google's mobile platform.

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6 Comments

  1. JoAnn
    September 09, 15:59 Reply

    All except for you Verizon Fascinate phone owners. For you we have Verizon Navigator which has……um……what does it have again? Oh yes, the privilege of paying VZW a few more bucks a month.

  2. Keefers
    September 09, 16:09 Reply

    Walking directions? The only place i walk from the bar stool to the men’s restroom. The app was of no help. Uninstalled.

  3. benw
    September 10, 04:35 Reply

    Good idea – though running GPS, whether my battery will last the duration of that 1hr walk I’ve planned.. hmm..

  4. Glenn Schueler
    December 11, 05:26 Reply

    You made some decent points there. I looked on the internet for the issue and found most individuals will agree with your website.

  5. Anders
    May 27, 12:52 Reply

    Currently the actual display of the walking route on maps is gray, which is absolutely impossible to see when… walking around town. I’m stunned that the Google team make such horrific usability mistakes,

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