Google introduced a new interface to Maps during Google I/O 2013 event in May. Now the Mountain View Company has started rolling out the latest version of Google Maps for Android.
The Google Maps 7.0.0 version is designed for devices with Android 4.0.3 ICS or higher and provides a completely new redesigned layout with fewer buttons, clearer fonts and tighter in-line menus with what has been seen on the web. It also offers enhancements with regard to navigation, directions, real-time updated traffic information, incident reports in the area and dynamic recalculation of the route to follow. In addition, you can also discover nearby places to eat, drink, shop, sleep or watch entertainment shows.
Google has also integrated Zagat reviews alongside user reviews to the new interface. However, Waze is not yet integrated in this version, which was acquired last month.
Surprisingly, Latitude has been completely removed from the app that was an amazing time saver as well as comforting to know where your kids are, at any point in time. Now it is not possible to download maps or access those stored in the internal memory of the device. You will need a data connection to search for a place even if it’s in those offline maps you downloaded. Still, the zoom buttons are missing, which must now be handled exclusively through gesture.
You can download the latest version of Google Maps at Play Store. Google has also promised to release both the iPad and iPhone version soon.