Google announces Android Maps update


As you may know by now, Apple won't include Google Maps in its new iOS 6, which was released today for iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch devices. Instead they have integrated their own maps, using technology they have gained from such companies as C3, which they acquired in 2011.

Rather conveniently Google has today announced that Google Maps for Android will be updated next Tuesday, to make it easier to personalize searches on maps and make it much easier for users to find places. The stand out feature however is the ability to sync across devices. You could find a place on your PC, then go to your phone and have it suggest the place you have previously looked at. This will likely make it much more convenient when travelling. 

Vice president of engineering for maps at Google, Brian McClendon, said,

Typing on a phone is slow, and our goal is to reduce the amount of typing as much as possible,

Speaking to The New York Times, McClendon declined to comment on Apple Maps, but says that this is a feature that Apple does not offer, because it doesn't have a giant search engine that gathers data about what you have searched. He also added that experience is important, and said that it takes a long time and effort to figure out how to do this right.

Android users will be able to find previously searched locations under My Places. They will also be able to add home and work addresses to the app so that they do not have to type each one out when travelling from those locations. McClendon declined to comment on whether Google is building a Map app for iOS devices, however users of the operating system can access it via the web.

Source: The New York Times

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Sonne said,
Google maps and its associated apps is still the best in mobility maps hands down, and its FREE!

+1.... and the real time traffic thing is awesome as well... loved having it when I was at Virginia Beach....

Now Apple has rejected Google Maps, why can't Google bring them over to Windows Phone 8 now to really hit it home?

mdtaUK said,
Now Apple has rejected Google Maps, why can't Google bring them over to Windows Phone 8 now to really hit it home?

Bing Maps...you know, Microsoft Bing?

feerlessleadr430 said,

Bing Maps...you know, Microsoft Bing?


We already have Nokia/Bing maps with Windows Phone, but it would be nice to have a choice with an official Google Maps app

mdtaUK said,
Now Apple has rejected Google Maps, why can't Google bring them over to Windows Phone 8 now to really hit it home?

Bing/Nokia-Navteq

remixedcat said,

Bing/Nokia-Navteq


Well Bing is using ZENRIN maps for Japan, because Navteq doesn't not offer maps for Japan. So why not, as least in countries where Navteq maps are ****ty, like Russia...

coth said,

Well Bing is using ZENRIN maps for Japan, because Navteq doesn't not offer maps for Japan. So why not, as least in countries where Navteq maps are ****ty, like Russia...

True, Navteq has been slacking a lot... they are engaged in making 3d real time mapping stuff, however they aren't as focused on thier coverage.... They are also veeerrrrryyy slow with mapping corrections. Google Maps is very fast and responsive to requests... unline Navteq which hasn't responded very well to mine and I have this one that they haven't addressed at all for 2 years.... there are people driving thru this old lady's yard or using her driveway to turn around and it upsets her. Not cool.

Brony said,
Offline map is not available in selected area

WTF?


Indeed, they lost me here. Probably map licensing issues. I rolled back to 6.8.0 where caching is still in beta and I'll keep that until they start offering real offline maps in Europe.

where is my voice guided navigation , mr google! the damn application till this day refuse saying unsupported bla bla bla

Ci7 said,
where is my voice guided navigation , mr google! the damn application till this day refuse saying unsupported bla bla bla

My galaxy nexus has that for free...

Ci7 said,
where is my voice guided navigation , mr google! the damn application till this day refuse saying unsupported bla bla bla

Google Maps Navigation

Ci7 said,
where is my voice guided navigation , mr google! the damn application till this day refuse saying unsupported bla bla bla

I've been using voice guided Google Navigation for some time on my Androids

remixedcat said,

Google Maps Navigation

L2R

i said it was not working due to them not supporting my region

matter of fact it just worked today with the recent update for the first time , hurrra!

Ci7 said,

L2R

i said it was not working due to them not supporting my region

matter of fact it just worked today with the recent update for the first time , hurrra!

Glad it's workin now...

sidroc said,
Where is my offline navigation, offline cashing is not the same thing .

It would require at least a 4GB SD card and not all droids include one.... Most only include a 2GB one which isn't enough for the lower 48. It's at least 4GB of data, if not more for roads and POIs. Google maps is included on the devices. If it were to do that it would need to be done seperatly... However that is a good idea.

sidroc said,
Where is my offline navigation, offline cashing is not the same thing .

Loving the offline maps and turn-by-turn on my Lumia! hehe

remixedcat said,

It would require at least a 4GB SD card and not all droids include one.... Most only include a 2GB one which isn't enough for the lower 48. It's at least 4GB of data, if not more for roads and POIs. Google maps is included on the devices. If it were to do that it would need to be done seperatly... However that is a good idea.


Who told you, it required 4GB of data ?
I cached whole City downloaded as offline data using sqllite database, and it fits in 800MB

Xahid said,

Who told you, it required 4GB of data ?
I cached whole City downloaded as offline data using sqllite database, and it fits in 800MB

the whole lower 48 USA states? a city might be 800MB but not the whole country.....

Lots of EU countries are small so it might fit... however the US is a larger country....

remixedcat said,

the whole lower 48 USA states? a city might be 800MB but not the whole country.....

Lots of EU countries are small so it might fit... however the US is a larger country....


OMG, all 48 States ? who would want to cache all the states ? I guess it might required 40GB to cache all those states ...lol

Xahid said,

OMG, all 48 States ? who would want to cache all the states ? I guess it might required 40GB to cache all those states ...lol

it would be around 4-8GB for the lower 48 states approx.

I hope Google fixes the history of searched locations. This is such a basic feature that works very poorly on Maps. If I have just searched a location, only Navigation recalls, not Maps

Tyler R. said,
3D buildings!?! Lawsuit in 3...2...
I thought google maps had 3d buildings for a while now. (on the desktop site at least)

javagreen said,

Google Maps has had a 3D buildings view for at least about a year now.

Yeah and rectangular shaped boxes with rounded corners have existed for decades, sure didn't stop apple then, why should it stop them now?