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Tuesday, May 6, 2014

[Android app] Google Maps updated (8.0) with improved offline maps management and more


Google Maps for Android has been updated to version 8.0 with improved offline maps management, lane guidance in navigation and more. Google Maps for Android makes navigating your world faster and easier. Find the best spots in town and the information you need to get there.

The update will be made available to your device through the Google Play Store. You can also download the latest version (APK) and find the change-log after the break

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If you dont want to wait for Google to push the update to your Android device, you can also download the official APK signed by Google using the following link. The APK will upgrade your existing app.

Download Google Maps for Android APK

file name: com.google.android.apps.maps-8.0.0-800001324_API18.apk
version: 8.0.0-800001324 (requires Android 4.3+)

md5: 8b066bf89b3bde84ce20a372a7c5c713.

Google Maps for Android version 8.0 has the following new features and improvements
  • Turn-by-turn navigation now displays distance, arrival time, and quick access to alternate routes
  • Save and manage offline maps in a custom list for when you're traveling or have a slow connection
  • Transit results now display total walking time of your trip and the next scheduled bus or train
  • Sign in to see your “Places to review” list from recently saved or searched-for places
  • If you have the Uber app installed, open it right from Google Maps when comparing route options
  • Bug fixes
  • Lane guidance in navigation mode (US and parts of Canada/Japan)
  • Adjust and name offline maps before saving
  • Search filters (price rating, open, from circles)
The Navigation app gets a slight UI tweak this time that brings it more in line with Google's new aesthetic. Navigation also includes easier access to alternative routes and other relevant data about your trip. For some reason, Google didn't include lane assistance in the changelog, but you can see it in action in the screenshots below.

Google made offline maps a little harder to manage in the big UI shift a while back, but this update returns that control. When you do have a connection, the Uber app (if you have it installed) will be an option in route comparisons, which is neat. We're still poking around with the new version, and will update if we find anything else.




source - Android Police
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