The ever-changing Google Maps app experience has just been updated for Mountain View’s smartphone OS, the ubiquitous all-conquering little green robot Android.
The good news is: the new Google Maps for Android builds on the version released for iOS users last December. It's also designed with tablets - both Android and iPad - in mind. Nice.
On the whole, Android users might find the new Google Maps app a tad confusing. Y'see, as well as adding a bunch of new features, Google has removed some – and some of those only temporarily. Zuh?
For starters, offline Google Maps are no longer available. Well, kinda. You can type “OK Maps” into the search box for connection-less viewing at a later time. Very intuitive.
My Maps is gone, too, though Google promises it’ll make a return in a future version of Google Maps.
Latitude and check-ins have also been removed from Google Maps, with the functionality being shunted across to Google+ instead.
As for new Google Maps features, we’re being introduced to Explore (tap Search to see Google Now-style cards with restaurants and that), while traffic conditions now include incident reports and dynamic rerouting if something better pops up.
The Google Maps Android update is “gradually rolling out globally” for users on Android 4.0.3 (Ice Cream Sandwich) or above.
We’re also promised a new version of Google Maps for iOS shortly.
via: Google Maps Blog