Google maps app for Android has been updated with several new features. The update will gradually be rolling out to users with devises running Android 4.0.3 or higher. The company also says that the update will soon be pushed to iPhone and iPad as well. The new version of the app gets newer search and navigation features and is optimised for tablets.
Google will be retiring the latitude and check-ins features from Google maps, however location sharing and check-ins will be arriving Google+ for Android and iOS soon. However you can access maps offline by simply entering "OK Maps" into the search box when viewing the area you want for later.
The app gets a fresh new user interface and new features to help users discover places:
Now you can tap the search box and you'll see cards showing great places to eat, drink, sleep and shop.
In addition to current traffic conditions, you can now see reports of problems on the road with just a tap. Also, Google Maps will now alert you if a better route becomes available and reroute you to your destination faster.
Google maps will now feature a new 5 star rating system, which allows you to quickly view the ratings given by your friends and others on restaurants, bars and cafes. Also, the search results will now come integrated with Zagat badge of excellence and curated lists, so you get expert opinions on places. This will make it easier to spot the best places in town.
Google maps now help you discover great offers from national brands, by labeling them on the map.
Quick Brief Of The Key Features
New design for Android phones and tablets
Enhanced navigation including live traffic updates, incident reports and dynamic rerouting
Explore: A new way to browse and discover popular local places to eat, drink, shop, play and sleep.