Google June 22 released Google Maps for Android 4.3 with a few features to help owners of Android 1.6 and later devices quickly view business reviews, see transit schedules and look up friends to contact via Google Latitude. All of these features help boost Android smartphone users' planning while on the go.
Google June 22 released
Google Maps for Android 4.3 with a few features to help owners of
Android 1.6 and later devices more quickly decide where to go and
what to do.
First, Google boosted user reviews in the application by
providing a snapshot of what consumers are saying about businesses on search
Users search for say, a restaurant, and see a color-coded bar to
see an overview about how people perceive specific aspects of the restaurant,
such as food, service, atmosphere or menu selection.
Users can then tap a bar to see more details about the
restaurant in the actual review. This is similar to the reviews Google
to Place Pages for the desktop back in December.
Google Maps for Android 4.3 also sports upcoming
schedules for transit station Webpages.
Users can tap any transit station icon
from the map and open its Web page by tapping the window to see a short list of
the next departure times for any subways, trains or buses that are leaving
from that station. This is particularly useful for visitors from other states
who want to maneuver about the city.
Finally, Google Latitude now lets users who have opted in
to the friend-finding service share their location with friends, loved ones
and others from Google Contacts right from the bottom of their friends list. Users
can add suggested friends by tapping the + icon and sending them a sharing
The move is part of Google's plan to boost membership and
activity in the service, which just saw its API
to developers in May.
Google Maps for Version 4.3 is available in all the
countries and languages where Maps is currently available.