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Google Maps v7 detailed: Latitude killed, Offline maps hidden

Google has officially detailed Google Maps for Android v7, and while there are are some useful new features, some of the most appreciated aspects of the app have been hidden or removed altogether. Spotted in the Play Store earlier today, the new app refreshes the design based on what Google did over on iOS previously, with a new Explore section that auto-predicts places to eat, drink, or stay in Google Now style cards as you type.

Google Maps 5.3 adds Latitude Location History, custom Places reviews

Google has updated Google Maps for Android to v5.3, introducing the new Google Location History dashboard. Working with Latitude's Location History, the new info pane shows your recent locations as well as how long you've spent at work, at home or simply out and about. As always, you can delete your location history either partially or completely, and it's only visible by users themselves or the people they share their location with. There's a new "check in at home" feature, too. Finally, Google Places with Hotpot now allows you to add your own rating category, so you can leave custom feedback. The Google Maps update is available via the Android Market for devices running 1.6 or higher.

Google Maps Updated to Support New Latitude Check-In Features

Google Maps is by far the most used maps application on the Android Platform, it offers up the most refined user experience and even some features that are usually cost a premium. Well, the application has just been updated to version 5.1.0, and with the update many new features have been added.

Nexus S in Space at 100,000 FT – with Android Toy!

You might be aware that a few days ago some students from the University of California teamed up with Google Engineers to send a Nexus S into space. What you might not know is there's super cute video to go with - and what went into space with the handset? At least one cute little vinyl plastic Android toy - Hooray! Check out the full video of this fun team jamming payloads 100,000 ft above the earth, handsets running Google Maps for Mobile 5.0, Google Sky Map, Latitude, and the teams own custom sensor logging app.

Google Maps v4.3.0 adds public transit timings, more

Google has pushed out the latest update to Google Maps for Android devices, with v4.3.0 bringing with it improved information on public transport together with better usability for Latitude and venue listings.  Google Maps 4.3.0 now shows upcoming transit departure times for stations, meaning you should be able to time your journey more accurately. There's also suggestions in Latitude, Google's map-based friend tracking system, and more detailed ratings in venue listings.  For instance, places may now be rated for atmosphere and customer service. We've just installed v4.3.0 but are having trouble pulling up transit information, both for London tube stations and for the NYC metro.  The station listings show which lines are served, but tapping them doesn't pull up any timings.  Anyone else having better luck?G

Google Buzz widget in the market

Our awesome director, Simms22, has found the official Google Buzz widget in the market. Buzz was introduced by Google awhile back and has quickly became a popular way of sharing your location and it offers twitter like functionality.

Google Maps for mobile 4.1 adds Live Wallpapers, Latitude widget, more

Google have pushed out Google Maps for mobile 4.1, for Android devices running 1.6 or higher.  Among the changes are a new Latitude widget for the Android homescreen, the ability to set a map as the Live Wallpaper, and the ability to swipe through multiple pages of search results. The Latitude widget shows the people listed as your friends who are geographically closest to you, while the Live Wallpaper - which obviously requires a device running Android 2.1 right now - lets you set a regular map, satellite map or topographical map (complete with optional traffic data) as your homescreen wallpaper.  That map automatically moves as you do, using GPS and aGPS to track your position.  It certainly looks good, though it has the potential to really hammer both your battery life and data connection. Google have also reworked the way search results are presented, putting all the information on one page rather than splitting it across multiple tabs, and allowing you to swipe from side to side to see more details.  Finally, you can switch between multiple Google accounts on the one device, so if you have a personal Buzz account and a work Buzz account (or perhaps use Latitude with one or both) you can see results for either. If you've an Android device running OS 1.6 or above, you can update your version of Google Maps for mobile by heading into the Android Market and checking the Downloads tab.

Android Google Maps gets Latitude, voice search and transit directions

Google Maps for Android is now even better than before, thanks to new features and a few fixed issues with Google Latitude.  You can now search Google Maps for Android simply by speaking your query and Google Maps will search it for you.  Google’s voice recognition engine currently understands English in American, Australian and British accents.  Other notable features, once you find what you’re looking for, include store hours, prices, ratings, and reviews. When traveling to San Francisco or New York City, I do a lot of walking and/or take public transportation.  Up until now, mapping out walking directions or transit for Google Maps for Android was sorely missing.  Thanks to the updates, these two features are available in over 250 cities, including NYC and San Francisco. Google also improved Google Latitude by fixing an issue that caused background location updates to periodically stop for some users.  So now, once you select “Detect your location” from the Latitude privacy menu, your location will continue to update as long as your Android phone is on.  There’s also a new experimental feature called Updates that lets you connect with your friends and post messages.  To test out this new feature, start Latitude and click the “Updates” tab to broadcast your updates. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_YFw9p0TjT8[/youtube] The upgrade isn’t pushed to your Android phones so make sure to download it in the Android Market by searching for "Google Maps" and then following the instructions. [Google Android]