Google Maps for Android

Google Maps for Android

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

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    5.0
  • Total Downloads:
    82,191
  • Date Added:
    Jan. 10, 2011
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    6.23MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    90
  • Platform:
    Android
  • Product ranking:
    #1 in Map Software

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Editors' Review

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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 biking layer 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, add your own review, or add photos. An update does surface snippets of reviews at the top of the search results page, which helps.

The application is constantly developing and as it does, it will become an even more reliable go-to app for your navigational and cartographic needs.

 
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User Reviews
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2 stars

"Navigation difficult at best in UK"

January 11, 2011  |  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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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 5.0
Version 5.0 include 3D interaction and offline reliability.
General
Publisher Google
Publisher web site http://www.google.com/
Release Date January 10, 2011
Date Added January 10, 2011
Version 5.0
Category
Category Educational Software
Subcategory Map Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Android
Additional Requirements Android 1.6
Download Information
File Size 6.23MB
File Name details
Popularity
Total Downloads 82,191
Downloads Last Week 90
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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