The newest Google Maps update, which we saw leaked – and later officially demo’d – back in May has officially begun rolling out to users running Android 4.0.3 and higher. It could be awhile before some users see the update come their way, however, with Google saying that the updates will be coming out over the next couple of weeks.
The change log is available for viewing on Google Play now, but the update hasn’t been made available there yet. With it comes an “enhanced navigation” experience that includes incident reports, dynamic rerouting, and updates on live traffic. There’s also an enhanced exploration feature for browsing locations, such as checking out inside of certain buildings.
As we saw on its official unveiling, reviews are now brought to the forefront for users to see, and there’s a new 5-star rating system for places. There are now categories to help find new locations, such as places to eat and locations to shop. Those who are in the Google Maps beta program will already have seen many of these changes on the desktop.
Google advises that not all of these features will be available to users in certain countries, and those running versions of Android 4.0.3 will need to check out Google’s help files to find out what version they can run. Google currently has a link up on Google Play for these individuals, but it leads to a 404 page at the moment.