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Only a month on from the last version, Google has released the next iteration of Google Maps for Android, and a few very interesting features have been noticed, which make this a very worthwhile upgrade.

For starters, the notification area has been expanded to include much more relevant useful information. This includes the duration of the journey, the distance to your destination, and your estimated arrival time.

Navigation cards are also shorter and less bloated. You still have the same data but it has been redesigned in a way to make it look slimmer and less cluttered, fitting more on the screen. Check it out.

One welcome change is that the app will ask you to confirm whether or not you want to discard the draft of a review, if you are leaving or editing that review. This will stop accidental deletions, which is fantastic if you often hit the wrong keys and wipe out everything that you have spent time laboriously writing.

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Aside from all this, there are also the usual bug fixes and under-the-hood tweaks, including icon caching and URL adjusting.

Upgrade your Google Maps today and let us know in the comments what you think of the new changes.

Android Police | Image Credits: Android Via PlaceIt

  1. Gary
    November 23, 2013 at 5:32 am

    Not being able to save maps to use offline makes this app a dud for me

  2. Tom S
    October 27, 2013 at 11:58 pm

    I will have to try this!!!

  3. Rick Barlow
    October 21, 2013 at 4:58 am

    I have downloaded Google Maps but there is no icon on the home page. How do I get an icon?

  4. Jesper
    October 18, 2013 at 11:04 am

    Why does this turd of a program request access to my entire contact list?

    FAIL!

    • Rick
      October 23, 2013 at 1:09 pm

      So you can navigate to their addresses, assuming you have them. Works great actually.

  5. Soumendra
    October 16, 2013 at 1:29 pm

    Tulu

  6. Soumendra
    October 16, 2013 at 1:28 pm

    Soumendra

  7. Scroogled
    October 15, 2013 at 3:41 pm

    Android still lags!

  8. W
    October 15, 2013 at 2:27 pm

    Using self-created maps as a basic pedestrian navigation system for short hikes was one of the most valuable features my Android provided. I couldn't believe they removed this feature - and still can't. What a mess.

    • klobster
      October 15, 2013 at 3:48 pm

      You should look into the My Tracks app, it has what you are looking for.

    • Rick
      October 15, 2013 at 4:39 pm

      My Tracks is fine for recording short tracks while walking, but I use my Garmin gps while actually hiking because it is waterproof, more rugged, and has far better battery life than my phone for such uses. What is great about My Maps in Google Maps is being able to create placemarks for multiple trailheads in advance and then using my phone to navigate to them while driving. Sure, I can do this with my handheld Garmin too, but it is much nicer and easier with Google Maps and Navigation.

  9. Rick
    October 15, 2013 at 1:58 pm

    When are they going to put back the ability to access "My Maps" in the Android app? Does anyone else miss this feature? Or is it hidden in the new version of the app somewhere? Still sticking with version 6.14.4 until that comes back!

    • Dave
      October 16, 2013 at 6:03 pm

      I agree !!!

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