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Google Maps - Navigation & Transit for Android

Free
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Editors' Rating:
Spectacular
Average User Rating:
out of 4 votes out of 0 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    Not available
  • Total Downloads:
    105,082
  • Date Added:
    Aug. 01, 2016
  • Price:
    Free; Requires Android phone
  • File Size:
    6.23MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    2,185
  • Platform:
    Android
  • Product ranking:
    #2 in Maps

Editors' Review

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Google Maps for Android provides helpful turn-by-turn navigation -- whether you are driving, on foot, or taking public transit. The transit app notes points of interest while you travel, recommends local businesses, and lets you set multiple stops on a trip.

Pros

Easy to navigate: Open Google Maps and you'll see your current location with surprising accuracy. Click any destination around you, or summon another by entering it manually or speaking into the mic. Click the walking symbol to pull up directions. You can also switch to car, public transportation, bike, or ride service directions. Tap an empty spot on the screen to switch to full-screen view for better visibility. Larger typography makes things like street signs easier to read, and a new color scheme helps you differentiate between natural and constructed features.

Real-time traffic: Google Maps offers a color-coded traffic map: red for gridlock, yellow for slow, and blue for steady. Gray indicates alternate routes. You will also notice slowdown and accident info, courtesy of user-generated data, historical data, incident reports filed on traffic app Waze, and info from local highway authorities. In the interest of efficiency, road outlines have recently been replaced with traffic and transit lines.

Great discovery tool: Tap Explore in the hamburger menu to get drinking and dining recommendations in your vicinity. Google categorizes these under Breakfast, Lunch, Coffee, Dinner, and Drinks in the top rail. Choose one to get groupings such as best, cheap, and newly opened. Select one that piques your interest for contact info, hours, photos, reviews, and menus. You can also search Google Maps for additional services, including gas stations, ATMs, and parking.

Great filtering options: Along with filtering restaurants by price, reviews, and whether they're open now, you can also narrow down dining searches to include only Zagat-rated restaurants. Just type or speak what you're looking for, tap Filter in the lower-right corner, then press Zagat Rated and Apply. You can also tap Filter to narrow down other business searches to include only those with good ratings.

Areas of interest: Google now draws attention to hip areas with lots to do by shading them in orange. Tap one to explore all that they have to offer.

Multiple stop support: If your trip includes multiple destinations, you can finally add several stops and even rearrange them via drag and drop.

Hands-free: Just tap the mic button and speak your location by name or address, or say "Work" or "Home." This feature is particularly useful for drivers, who need to keep their eyes on the road.

Offline maps: If you're on a road to nowhere, this handy feature lets you create and save maps for later access, even when you're without an Internet connection.

Extensive help: The Help & Feedback section in the main menu helps you get started, search and manage contacts, and use quick gestures. But there's also a Tips & Tricks tab that shows you more, like how to save an offline map and how to zoom in and out in multiple ways.

Shake to send feedback: Shake your phone to report a data problem or to send general feedback.

Cons

Google account required: You must register for a Google account to use Google Maps for Android.

Bottom Line

If you're looking to get from point A to point B to point C with little hassle, there's no better navigation app than Google Maps. Its extensive location info helps you make the most of your experience along the way.

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User Reviews
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Results 1–4 of 4

3 stars

"Great app! but ..."

November 08, 2011  |  By udilala

2011-11-08 19:47:05  |  By udilala

 |  Version: Google Maps for Android 5.11

Pros

Does not allow real-time updates.. I found additional app, called Latitude Update, that performs real-time updates to Google Latitude .

Cons

No real time updates.

Summary

Ops no real times update .. . I found additional app, called Latitude Update, that performs real-time updates to Google Latitude

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2 stars

"Navigation difficult at best in UK"

January 11, 2011  |  By Erik_UK

2011-01-11 13:50:18  |  By Erik_UK

 |  Version: Google Maps for Android 5.0

Pros

Good map navigation, routes are accurate and clear

Cons

The speech for UK is almost unintelligible. It messes up road designations and pronunciation of place names is wrong. It is also too slow, telling you which exit on a roundabout 200yds after you have left it (map shows accurate position)

Summary

There is an issue for UK users with the way it pronounces road designations as it is confusing and can make it hard to follow if you are driving on your own, eg, going to Leicester it said take the A to 45Leicester instead of take the A45. It also uses street names instead of designation, eg Leicester road instead of A45.

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3 stars

"Good, but still lacks features. Preloaded maps, via..."

June 01, 2010  |  By dacho_i

2010-06-01 02:55:38  |  By dacho_i

 |  Version: Google Maps for Android 4.2

Pros

Simplicity, good map coverage, satellite view, googles resources...

Cons

No preloaded maps!

Summary

I love almost everything about Google maps, but I cant make it my primary navigation software because I cant preload maps. I dont know why this feature is still missing since it is on of the key features all of us need when we travel. I simply dont understand how it can be used. Am I supposed to use my GSM data to load them even when roaming!?
And another thing is it sometimes takes me over some very strange routes, which I cant change and it turn useless. Cant put fastest time, or shortest, avoid this and that...

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5 stars

"Awesome App"

April 08, 2010  |  By mericsen

2010-04-08 10:03:00  |  By mericsen

 |  Version: Google Maps for Android 4.0

Pros

Easy, visually nice, and lots more

Cons

none so far

Summary

just disable the standard messaging app from sending you notifications. it's clean and it runs nice. a must-have for all android users!

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Publisher Google
Publisher web site http://www.google.com/
Release Date August 01, 2016
Date Added August 01, 2016
Version
Category
Category Travel
Subcategory Maps
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Android/2.2
Additional Requirements Compatible with Android 2.2 and above.
Download Information
File Size 6.23MB
File Name External File
Popularity
Total Downloads 105,082
Downloads Last Week 2,185
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License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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