Google Maps Updated, Brings New Features

Google has been pushing out updates to the Android Google Maps app quite frequently as of late, and today is no different. Google Maps has been updated, and it’s got a few new features in tow. Users can now:

  • See their location history from within the app, a feature that was previously missing
  • Set a certain location as “Home” and check in there
  • Give custom aspects of a place, like “great music” or “try the burritos”, instead of only choosing from a predefined list

Google is really trying to step it up with this update, but I still have a feeling that it won’t hold a candle to services like Foursquare or Gowalla. Does anyone use Google Latitude to check in? What do you think about Google’s attempt to compete with other location-based services? Sound off in the comments, and if you haven’t updated Google Maps for your Android device, you can do so by using the box below!

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6 Comments

  1. Rdr862
    April 04, 21:08 Reply

    How do I set the home location?!

  2. Rdr862
    April 04, 21:08 Reply

    How do I set the home location?!

  3. Mkraus18
    April 04, 21:10 Reply

    It could happen with some ingenuity. I remember a ton of my friends and I saying we’d never use facebook cuz it was a myspace copycat… I haven’t used my myspace account in over three years… Lol

  4. Ron Chusid
    April 04, 21:16 Reply

    Before I even consider all of these new features they are going to have to move part of this app to SD. It was hogging so much memory that a couple months ago I removed all the updates and am getting by just fine with the original app. The extra memory in the upgrades is better used for other apps. (If they happened to add move to SD with this update, hopefully someone will let me know.

  5. Dave
    April 04, 22:59 Reply

    I would love to use Google Latitude to check in, but as a Google Apps user I’m unable to do so. I realize that Apps is billed as a more stable platform, but without access to features like this Apps users are in many ways second-class citizens in the Google ecosystem.

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