Google Maps for Android Switches Accounts, Tracks Friends
Mar 17, 2010, 7:24 PM by Philip Berne
Google today updated its Google Maps app for the Android platform, at least for phones running Android 1.6 or higher. The new Google Maps 4.1 comes with a few minor interface improvements, including a more unified search results page. More interesting features include a homescreen widget that automatically finds Google Latitude friends nearby, and a Live Wallpaper that displays an active map with your position on a satellite, terrain or normal mapping view. The Live Wallpaper only works on Android 2.1 phones, like the Nexus One and the soon-to-be-updated Motorola Droid. Google Maps now also supports multiple Google accounts, so users can switch from, say, personal to professional accounts to report a location on Google Buzz or load a different set of My Maps. The updated Google Maps app is available now from the Android App Market.
Google Threads Voice Commands Deeper Into Google Maps
People can now use their voice to take full command of Google Maps when in the car. Google updated Maps today and added more support for "Ok, Google"-based voice commands.
Google Adds Multi-Stop Directions to Maps
Google gave Google Maps users the ability to plan multi-stop trips. The latest version of Google Maps allows people to add multiple destinations to a single excursion.
Google Maps for iOS Gains One-Tap Access to Commute Info
Google today updated Google Maps for iOS devices with new real-time tools to make finding information on the go even quicker. iPhone owners can now swipe up when using Google Maps to open three tabs: explore, driving, and transit.
Google Maps Now Available Offline
Google today said Maps can now be used without an active internet connection. People can download maps for cities, counties, and even entire countries so routing and basic navigation tools will function when there's a poor connection or no connection at all.
Google Takes Steps to Ensure Search Results Are Locally Relevant
Google today said it has updated the way it handles queries in Search and Maps when people travel. Moving forward, people will be served search results based on their actual location, not the domain they've indicated on the web (such as .com, .uk, .de, etc.) Google says people using Search in the U.S.