Google June 2 added biking directions and shared locations to its new Google Maps 4.2 for BlackBerry application, just three weeks after adding these features to Google Maps 4.2 for Android. BlackBerry for Maps users can also use a location-sharing feature to meet up with friends. Google June 2 also added results for mobile applications to its mobile search results, a nod to the company's standing belief that applications are nearly impossible to find outside of a mobile application store.
Google June 2 added biking directions and shared locations
to its new Google Maps 4.2 for BlackBerry application, part of the company's work
to boost mobile app functionality across all major platforms.
biking directions to Google Maps in March and the company has worked hard
to port these capabilities to its mobile apps. Google then adapted
biking directions for Google Maps 2.2 for Android May 11, the first mobile platform to get the feature.
Now BlackBerry users who are also bicyclists can use
Google Maps to get an optimal bicycling route in
the United States.
Google Maps sports a bicycling layer that surfaces
bike-only trails in dark green, roads with bike lanes in light green. Roads
that are good for biking but don't have a dedicated lane are represented in dashed
Just as with Google Maps 2.2 for Android, BlackBerry for Maps
users can use a location sharing feature to meet up with
friends. Users searching for local businesses will see a redesigned list view
Choosing a result yields a search results page with buttons
for directions, calling and reviews. Tapping the "share this place"
option lets users send anyone info about a business or even a location by e-mail
or text message, inviting friends to meet them there.
BlackBerry users can go to m.google.com/maps in their
BlackBerry browser to install version 4.2.
Google June 2 also added results for mobile applications
to its mobile search results, a nod to the company's belief that
applications are nearly impossible to find outside of a store such
as Apple's App Store or Google's own Android Market.
When U.S. users navigate to Google.com on their iPhone or
Android-powered smartphone and search for an app, Google will show special
links and content at the top of the search results. When users stumble across
highly-rated apps, they may also see the app's price, rating, and publisher.
Users can tap these results to be immediately whisked to
the app's Web page in the App Store or Android Market.
"As mobile apps continue to proliferate in stores
like Android Market and the iPhone App Store, finding relevant information on
the Web about these apps is becoming more important to help you decide which
apps to download," Google programmers wrote in a blog post
There is a tasty irony in this move from
Google, which Apple CEO Steve Jobs angered when he
people for the most part don't use search on smartphones. Google has tried
to provide data to the contrary.
Mobile app search results are available now in the United States, but
Google said it will bring them to other countries and devices, likely the
BlackBerry, Windows Mobile and Nokia S60 devices, in the future.