Google Maps

Google Maps

Editors' Rating:
4.5
Outstanding
Average User Rating:
3.2
out of 4 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
Not available
File Size:
6.23MB
Date Added:
June 28, 2012
Price:
Free; Requires Android phone
Operating Systems:
Android/2.2
Total Downloads:
81,232
Downloads Last Week:
89
Product ranking:
#1 in Maps
Additional Requirements:
Compatible with Android 2.2 and above.

Editors' Note: The "Download Now" link directs you to the Android Market where you must continue the download process. This download may not be available in some countries.

Editors' review

Google Maps brings you a wealth of features that can help you find your way in more than 220 countries, including Street View, voice search, and turn-by-turn navigation, which makes it a valuable addition to your smartphone no matter how you're traveling.

Pros

Comprehensive yet accessible: Google Maps' greatest virtue is that it remains easy to use, despite providing complete mapping features for most places in the world, with an excellent amount of detail that often goes beyond mere street names to include images and essential information about places. It recognizes your location and allows you to effortlessly search for places and map out routes.

Solid navigational features: Apart from providing voice-guided GPS navigation, Google Maps also gives you live traffic conditions and incident reports. What's more, the automatic rerouting feature for finding the quickest route to a destination can save your day.

Detailed places information: If you enjoy visiting cities, the Street View and indoor images for galleries, bars, or restaurants as well as the reviews available and price and open hour information come in handy, saving you the trouble of having to check other Web sites. There are millions of places covered by this app.

Cons

Some maps are better than others: While most countries, cities, and areas in the world are covered, making this app great for travel, the amount of information you get can vary greatly from one map to another. For example, in the US you have maps for indoor locations and images from within places, but in other countries even traffic or basic Street View may be missing.

Not as intuitive as it could be: You need some time to get used to it before you can use it intuitively. Some functions, including changing your mode of transportation or choosing alternative routes, require a few taps more than they should.

Bottom Line

Google Maps stands out as the best mobile mapping app for personal use. It's comprehensive, accessible, and has all the tools you need to explore your region, find places, or travel through cities or countries you've never been through before. Just keep in mind that the maps for some regions, especially in the US and Western Europe, tend to be more detailed than the maps for the rest of the world.

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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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  • 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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  • 3 stars

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

    June 01, 2010   |   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

    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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