Updated Google Maps comes to Android phones and tablets


Google has updated the Google Maps application for Android phones and tablets with features such as enhanced searching and navigation. Faster and reportedly more intuitive, the new version is also tablet optimized.

While on the road, Google Maps will also alert you if a better route becomes available and reroute you to your destination faster. This feature is available only on Android and is coming soon to iOS.

Also included in the update, the Google Maps experience now offers better access to Google Offers, Reviews, and Zagat Scores.

It’s not all “new and improved” however as the Latitude and Check-in features have been pulled out. Of course, you’re using Google+ anyways and won’t skip a beat.

One important change you should know about is that Latitude and check-ins are no longer part of the new Google Maps app, and will be retired from older versions on August 9. We understand some of you still want to see your friends and family on a map, which is why we’ve added location sharing and check-ins to Google+ for Android (coming soon to iOS). More details about Latitude and check-in changes can be found in our help center.

What’s more, the ability to use offline maps is different than in past releases.  To enable the map to work with no data connection, simply enter “OK Maps” into the search box when viewing the area you want for later.  To learn more about the Google Maps update be sure to check out this blog post.

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