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Google Maps offline coming soon to Android

Today we are hearing from Brian McClendon, VP of Google Maps on what they have in store with Google Maps and the future. As the entire event gets under way we've already learned a few interesting little bits about the extremely popular Google Maps. Things like over 5 million unique miles have been drove by the Google Map cars. Today however, they just announced full offline maps coming soon to Android.

Google Maps adds Offers and indoor features

For the second time in as many weeks, Google has added features to the Android client for Google Maps. The update brings integration with the Google Offers deal program, as well as navigation for those sparse areas where Google has mapped out the interior of buildings. The latter is only available for the US and Japan at the moment. Lastly, they've modified the Street View function to provide 360-degree panoramic views of the inside of stores and other venues.

Google Maps updated with elevation data and scale bar

If you're a Google Maps user and a hiker, mountain climber or just a data junkie, you'll want to update the app in the Google Play Store now. Two features previously restricted to Labs have graduated to the full app, and another has been added. The most interesting stuff is still happening in the Labs section, with the newly revised Measure feature allowing you to see elevation data. The new functions work with all current Android devices.

Google’s Floor Plan Marker improves indoor Google Maps

Google's indoor maps feature for Google Maps is a great idea, but implementing it will take more than waiting for Google's cameramobiles to drive around to your address (with the possible exception of the new Super Wal-Mart Drive-Thru). Business owners have been able to upload floorplans to Google Maps for some time now, but that still doesn't provide particularly accurate information without a lot of WiFi around. Enter the Floor Plan Marker, Google's official helper app for indoor Google Maps. You can download it from the Google Play Store right now.

Google Maps update adds preferred transit mode and new navigation menu

Google has just issued another update to their famous Google Maps today with even more support for HD displays like the Galaxy Nexus and other 720p and higher HD screens. Along with the update we also get some new features to Google Navigation. Previously we could get walking, driving, or biking directions but today they've added that same "preferred transit mode" option to Google Navigation. So now you can get full voice-guided navigation while driving or walking.

Google Maps Navigation menu updated with new UI

Though not a large update, Google went ahead and refreshed the UI for the Navigation menu within their Google Maps application. The ICS menu button has been taken out completely, and replaced with a much larger (easier to press) menu layout right above the ICS soft keys. After using it, you'll notice it feels much like the previous versions of Google Maps before Android 4.0.

Google updates Goggles and Maps with night mode and more

Google has just pushed two updates out for their popular Google Maps and Google Goggles apps. Bringing a few needed improvements to Goggles, and an awesome new night mode to Google Maps Navigation and more. We've snapped a few screenshots of the what's new page for those interested and have all the details below.
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