Updated Google Maps Comes to Android Devices

  • App available for Android devices is updated
  • Improved synching across devices
  • Persistent search features

In what may be part of its bold vision to bring Google Maps across all platforms, Google has announced that it is starting with an updated version of the popular app for Android device users.

  • App available for Android devices is updated
  • Improved synching across devices
  • Persistent search features

In what may be part of its bold vision to bring Google Maps across all platforms, Google has announced that it is starting with an updated version of the popular app for Android device users.

The new updated Google Maps for Android features improved synching across devices, mapping search history, and single-handed zoom.  

Now available via the Google Play store, the arrival of this update coincides with Apple’s roll-out on Wednesday of its next generation iOS 6 for devices running the Cupertino-based company’s mobile software where a Google-powered map service is no longer a part of. 

The Mountain View, California-company is yet to announce an iOS version of its ubiquitous mapping service like what it did for Youtube. 

Signing in to Google Maps will be a requirement before Android users can start using the search, directions and mapping history features. A default feature, when users start to type into the search box, the map’s search feature will provide suggestions for directions and spots that users have previously searched for. The My Places tabs, meanwhile can show the history of places or locations searched using the device.

Another notable milestone of the new mapping service is its ability to synch across devices. Users no longer have to worry if they used their desktop first to search for locations and later would use their phone to make the same search because the history of their search will also be available on their other devices running Android. So long as the user is logged in to their Google accounts, accessing their search histories across different platforms and devices will not be an issue whether it is the phone or desktop.

For added information, please check Google Maps for Android changelog below:

  • Access your desktop and mobile search history through My Places.
  • Single-handed zoom; double tap, then hold down your finger and slide to zoom.

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