September 2, 2014

Google Maps 5.7 Adds Transit Navigation Beta

The Google Maps application for Android has just been updated to version 5.7, adding in another beta feature.  Called Transit Navigation (Beta), it gives users a turn-by-turn (stop-by-stop) navigation  for public transit in more than 400 cities across the world.  Since this feature relies on GPS, Google (and pretty much anyone else) recommends using the service above ground for buses, trains, and more.

So how does it work?  Set it and forget it!  Once you put your destination in, you can sit back and enjoy the view.  Google Maps will alert you up in the notification bar and vibrate your phone when it’s time to get off! This might seem like a trivial announcement for most, but those who travel abroad will definitely see the value.  No need to worry about what the street signs say or where you should be looking to step off the bus – Google Maps will hold your hand.  Hit the break if you’d like to see a video on how this works!

Aside from the transit features, Maps 5.7 also sees an improved search suggestions, quicker access to navigation mode, and a photo viewer for Places pages.  Oh, one more thing.  Go to the Labs setting and check the box for Download Map Area.  Now you’ve got some offline directions for when data is unavailable!

If you have an Android 2.1+ device, you can download Google Maps 5.7 from the Android Market now.

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