Google Maps for Android 5.8 lets smartphone users upload photos of businesses and landmarks they visit. The company also added transit directions for London.
No Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) application is updated faster than Google Maps for Android
as Google seeks to make it the central hub for its mobile, local and social software
Less than three weeks after Google Maps for Android 5.7 landed with turn-by-turn GPS Transit Directions
Maps 5.8 for Android has arrived to let users upload photos for a Place they
visit. Google Place pages cover businesses and landmarks.
The search engine is even dangling a carrot in front of Android smartphone users
by suggesting photos users attach may become profile pictures for the Place page.
Users may also delete photos they've contributed to
Places in the "Photos for Google Maps" album via their Picasa
Google also brought the descriptive terms and My Place
feature, which offers easy access to starred and recent Place pages, from the
desktop to Google Maps for Android. Smartphone users will press their handsets
menu button while in Maps to view these.
Finally, users can add a new Place to check into if it
isn't listed in the menu of places from their Android Latitude app. Users will
select the "add place" option, and confirm the name and location of
the new place.
While this place will be available for users to check
into from Latitude, it will not appear as a search result in Google Maps or
Maps for Android 5.8 will be updating Android 2.1 and
later phones over the air. Those who are impatient and want it sooner may
download the update from the Android
In other Google Maps news, the search engine has
added public transport directions for London
to both Google Maps and Google
Maps for mobile.
Users of Google Maps for mobile app will have their location
analyzed by Google's location database to offer the best route to their
destination via all Underground, bus, tram and Docklands Light Railway (DLR) lines.
Android phone users will also get public transport directions with
Transit Navigation in Google Maps, a feature that alerts travelers when it's time to get off the bus or train stop.