Google Maps for Android Updated

Google [GOOG] has updated Google Maps for Android. The latest version is 4.3 and it brings a few new features to the smartphone.

The first one is Train times which allows you to check what time trains leave the local train station. When browsing a map a list of stations is seen on the map and you can either select the closest one to you or pick one of the train stations manually to see when the next train leaves.

Another feature lets you see reviews of a local restaurant. When maps is loaded up you can see a number of places where you can eat and quickly tap to find reviews of the restaurant.

Instead of poring through full reviews, you can start by looking at what the most frequently mentioned aspects about a place are, such as food, service, atmosphere, or anything else people keep mentioning. Just like on Place Pages for your computer, the color-coded bar gives an overview of how positively people are talking about any individual aspect. Tap one to see more details like the actual review snippets. Whether you’re looking for top-notch service or a vibrant ambiance, you can now pick just the right place to go.

Google Latitude has also been upgraded to make the UI a little more friendly.

In Google Latitude, we wanted to make it even easier for you to find friends and family with whom you’d like to share your location. Right at the bottom of your Latitude friend list, you’ll be able to quickly start sharing your location with long lost friends, loved ones, and others from your Google Contacts. Add any suggested friends by tapping the + icon and sending them a sharing request. Tap the x and they’ll be dropped from your suggested friends list. Don’t worry — you can always add them later by choosing ‘Add friendsĀ from the Latitude menu.

To run the latest Android Google Maps you need to be running Android 1.6 and above. It is available to download in the Android Market.

Via: Google

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