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Google Maps for Android adds biking directions, Navigation shortcut, sharing

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 12 May 2010 0:23 User comments (2)

Google Maps for Android adds biking directions, Navigation shortcut, sharing Google has announced new features added to Google Maps for Android today, with the latest update adding biking directions, a Navigation shortcut right from the homescreen and the ability to share places with friends instantly.
The update, version 4.2, is available now through the Android Market.

Biking Directions:

Biking directions give users the ability to see bike-only trails, roads with lanes, or roads that are at least accessible to bikers. There is also a terrain layer, so you can see when that huge hill is coming.

Google Navigation shortcut

Pretty straight forward, but the Navigation shortcut gives users the ability to get right into the Navigation feature of Maps. Hit the icon, speak or type your destination (or pick one from your contacts) and voila! you are ready to go.


From the Navigation search results page, "share this place" is the last feature. You can share the info of where you are going with one tap to anyone you want. If you want to bring people to you, you can take a snapshot of your current location using the "My Location" dot or "Latitude." You can even tweet it.

Best part? It's still free to all Android users with version 1.6 or higher.

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2 user comments

112.5.2010 19:41

That's odd, there is no update. i looked and nothing is available.

212.5.2010 23:53

I got the upgdate. Check in your app tray to see if there is a blue triangle pointing upwards, if you have this, you have the update. If not, you should be able to get it by going to the market.

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