Google Maps for Android

Google Maps for Android

Editors' Rating:
5
Spectacular
Average User Rating:
3.2
out of 4 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
4.2
File Size:
6.23MB
Date Added:
May 11, 2010
Price:
Free
Operating Systems:
Android
Total Downloads:
80,199
Downloads Last Week:
79
Product ranking:
#1 in Map Software
Additional Requirements:
Not available

Editors' Note: The "Download Now" link directs you to the product page, where you will get the instructions to access the application.

Editors' review

As far as mobile mapping goes, Google Maps for Android offers one of the best experiences you can get. The feature-fest, which Google has been building on for years, doesn't just tell you where you are using nothing but GPS or cell tower triangulation. It also tells you how to get where you want to go by car, public transport, good old-fashioned shoe leather, and now, by bike. Voice-guided navigation takes you turn by turn, and voice search keeps your typing fingers fresh.

A variety of add-ons layers information on top of the base map, so you can view things like traffic, transit lines, and your favorite places on the map. There's also support for social elites to access Buzz, Google's Twitterlike service for posting status updates, photos included. The Buzz layer makes sense in Maps to geolocate your surroundings, but there's also an interesting overlap with Google Latitude, another Google location-based friend-finding service. When you find what you're looking for, selecting the business gives you options to call, get a street-level view, and switch on turn-by-turn voice navigation--a huge boon if your Android phone runs 2.0 and up of the operating system. The bike layer is a new one to version 4.2; it shows you a range of cycle-friendly paths around the U.S.

We'd like to say that Google Maps for Android has it all, but there's no elegant way to search for nearby businesses a la Yelp, read reviews, add your own review, or add photos.

The application is still developing--we're digging the recently added pinch and zoom provision in the latest OS update--and as it does, it will become an even more reliable go-to app for your navigational and cartographic needs.

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  • All Versions:

    3.2

    out of 4 votes

    • 5 star: 1
    • 4 star: 0
    • 3 star: 2
    • 2 star: 1
    • 1 star: 0
  • Current Version:

    3.0

    out of 1 votes

    • 5 star: 0
    • 4 star: 0
    • 3 star: 1
    • 2 star: 0
    • 1 star: 0
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  • 3 stars

    "Great app! but ..."

    November 08, 2011   |   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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