shown off at LeWeb 2010, and then again by Google, but all that did was make us want it more. Finally, Google has officially released the latest, and truthfully greatest, version of Google Maps for the Android platform. You can download it right now in the Market, as long as you have an Android powered handset that's running Android 2.0 or later. Just in time for that Nexus S launch, right?
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Motorola's Honeycomb tablet; instead he used the slate to preview the incoming update for Google Maps for Mobile 5.0. The new version adds dynamic map building with building outlines for 100 cities at launch, new multitouch gestures including two-finger tilt & rotate, and offline caching for common routes and searches. Only certain Android devices will support all the features of Google Maps for Mobile 5.0, which is due out in the next few days. The Nexus One, apparently, lacks the multitouch support for rotating the views; the full list of supported handsets is below.
- Galaxy S
- Droid X
- Droid 2
- Droid Incredible
- Nexus S
pushed out Google Maps 4.7, complete with integration with the company's new Hotpot rating and recommendation engine. Available through the Android Market, Google Maps 4.7 adds a new homescreen widget that allows for instant rating of places; those ratings are then used to further customize your search results. However, as you build up friends in Hotpot, the scores also help them find places; meanwhile their ratings and feedback shape your search results. Google Maps 4.7 is a free download now.
Comet with Android 2.2 on November 3. It's going to be the first entry-level smartphone with Android OS that will be available to both prepaid and postpaid customers. Not only will this device feature Android 2.2 OS, but it will have access to thousands of apps through Android Market.
both being praised for their useful functionality. WalkyTalky basically hooks into Google Maps navigation engine, but gives directions in spoken rather than just on-screen instructions. It also reads out the street names you should be passing, so as to help users keep track of where they're walking. Intersection Explorer, meanwhile, allows users to preview their journey in a Street View style UI, complete with audio prompts as to which roads are being passed. While that might not sound like much, it allows partially-sighted users to rehearse routes and thus feel more comfortable on their journey. Both apps are free downloads. We quite like the idea of using WalkyTalky with headphones for more comprehensive audio-only navigation; there are plenty of times when whipping out your expensive Android smartphone doesn't seem like a great idea. [via TechCrunch]