Google had unveiled the new Google Maps last month at the Google I/O conference and now the new Google Maps that is version 7.0 is finally rolling out for Android devices.
The new Google Maps application will be gradually available for Android users using Android 4.0.3 and above. Whats changed in the new version? Lets divulge:
The new Google Maps has a brand new design for Android smartphones and it also brings a new design for Android Tablets. There is a new explore section which lets you search places nearby to eat, drink etc.. The review system of places has also been improved and now along with Zagat reviews you can also check ratings by a friends and other people to know which place suits you the best.
The navigation has also been improved with traffic been given a boost, there is more information when you touch a place while navigating. The new Google Maps also reroutes faster based on traffic data so that you reach the destination quicker.
There are a couple of things which users won’t really like. First is the removal of the Latitude, “As of August 9, 2013, Latitude will be shut down completely, and friends lists deleted.” Although Google suggests Latitude lovers to move on to Google+ which already has features which made Latitude popular such as the check-ins and location sharing.
Secondly, the offline maps feature is there but made cumbersome to use as it is hidden. You can still save a section of the map for offline usage by “Panning the map to a part you wish to cache, and then typing “OK Maps” into the search box, saves the section for later use.”
Google has also released a new commercial shot by a Glass user’s point of view, so check out as its really well made and explains the new features of the new Google Maps quite well.