Thursday, April 21, 2011

Google Maps 5.3 Out On Android

Today's post comes courtesy of James Striker and Phones 4U. James works for an international technology company and likes to keep abreast of all the latest news in this sector, and to provide an insight for those who haven't caught the latest buzz.

Google Maps has proved to be a huge success in all of its formats. The version available on the internet is used by millions and the street view option allows you to see streets from all around the world from the comfort of your home. The mobile phone version has been no less remarkable as well though.

Available for free (download link) on Google’s smartphone operating system Android, it would not be an understatement to say that the application has been one of the Android platform’s biggest selling points. If, like me, you get easily lost, the application can tell you how to get to pretty much anywhere – with directions for cars, public transport and those of us who walk. Anyone who has used the app before knows how reliable and easy to use it is but that hasn’t stopped Google making some improvements for the new 5.3 version.

The first big change found in the new version of Google Maps is the addition of the Location History Dashboard. This is a new dashboard that allows you to view various information, such as how far you have traveled, where you have spent the most of your time and the most common routes you travel by. This probably isn’t going to be the most valuable information to you, but it is interesting to look through.

You are now also able to leave information on places you visit via Google Maps and Latitude. This means that if you visit a bar, restaurant or a shop you can leave feedback on the place for your friends or for anybody else who may be going there. Google are attempting to build up a mobile community in the same way they have with their web based features.

If you have an Android handset, such as a Nokia N8 or a Sony Ericsson Xperia play, you can now download the new version from the Android market. If you're looking for one of these handsets, then visit Phones 4U where they have all of the best mobile phone deals online.

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