Google Adds Twitter and 'Ping' Support to Android Maps
Google today announced the availability of Google Maps for Android version 5.2. The new software includes a number of new features. First, Maps users can Tweet their Hotpot reviews directly from Hotpot. Hotpot is a feature of Google Maps Places where people can post and share reviews of places such as restaurants. With Google Maps for Android 5.2, users can write a review in Hotpot and then share it immediately via Twitter. The new version of Google Maps also adds the ability to ping nearby Latitude friends. The ping sends an Android alert to the friend's phone. That person can then check in using Latitude, which will send an alert back to their friend with the exact location. Last, Latitude now has the ability to search for other nearby places if a venue isn't listed in the "nearby places" results. Google Maps for Android 5.2 is a free update and works on devices running Android 1.6 and up.
Send Places from Google Maps to Your iPhone
Google recently provided an update to its Maps app for iOS that adds the ability to send places from Maps on a desktop to an iPhone. The feature, which has been available to Android phones for several months, requires iPhone owners to enable notifications for Maps.
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 Adds Shareable Lists to Maps
Google today made it easier to keep track of and share favorite spots thanks to a new list tool in Google Maps. Maps users can take advantage of pre-set list categories, such as Want to Go or Favorites, as well as create their own.
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 Maps Now Warns If Destination May Be Closed
Google pushed out a minor update to Maps for Android devices this week and added several new features. Chief among the new powers is the ability for Maps to send a warning when the place users have chosen to navigate to (such as stores or restaurants) will be closed by the time they arrive.