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Google Maps for Android

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    May 11, 2010
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    #1 in Map Software

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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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3 stars

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

June 01, 2010  |  By dacho_i

 |  Version: Google Maps for Android 4.2


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


No preloaded maps!


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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Full Specifications

What's new in version 4.2
Version 4.2 adds support for cycling directions, home screen shortcut for the driving Navigator, and modules for sharing locations with others.
Publisher Google
Publisher web site http://www.google.com/
Release Date May 11, 2010
Date Added May 11, 2010
Version 4.2
Category Educational Software
Subcategory Map Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Android
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 6.23MB
File Name External File
Total Downloads 82,191
Downloads Last Week 90
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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