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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Get Google Maps with Navigation (Beta), Places, and Latitude*Navigation: Free, voice-guided GPS navigation system*Places: Find, rate, and get recommendations for places*Latitude: See friends on the map and check in at placesKeywords: Google Maps, Navigation, Places, Hotpot, Latitude, directionsRecent changes:* Indoor maps (beta) are now available for select airports, shopping malls, and more. Learn more at g.co/indoormaps* Menu added to the top toolbar for easy switching between common features. * Updated home screen for Places, now with popular searches based on your location. * Option to disable automatic screen dimming for Navigation.Content rating: Medium Maturity
What's new in this version:
Save maps for use offline.