Google Maps for Android Becomes More Like FourSquare

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Google has just released Maps 4.3 for Android phone and based on the new features given out by the Google Mobile Blog, it seems like the app is being geared towards becoming more like FourSquare and other location-aware social media apps. According to Google, the new features of Google Maps 4.3 would help you quickly choose the right place to grab dinner, catch the next train and find friends to add on your Google Latitude account.

One of the major features of the new Google Maps 4.3 is the color coded bar on top of your phone’s screen which gives out brief review snippets of people about specific places.

The new Google Maps 4.3 app also adds upcoming schedules to the public transit station pages which lets you select any transit station icon directly from the map and open its page by simply tapping the window. Upcoming schedules provides you with the next departure times for any subways, trains or buses that leaves from any station which has available transit information.

And of course, the new Google Maps 4.3 for Android’s most important new feature is that location sharing feature which you can find right at the bottom of your Latitude friend list.  It will allow you you to share your location with long lost friends, loved ones and others from your Google Contacts. You can also add any suggested friends by simply tapping the +icon which will send them a sharing request.

Google Maps 4.3 is available now for all Android phone users with version 1.6 or later running on their phones.

Arnold Zafra
Arnold Zafra writes daily on the announcements by Google,, Yahoo & MSN along with how these announcements effect web publishers. He is currently building three niche blogs covering iPad News, Google Android Phones and E-Book Readers.
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  • David Iwanow

    Cool but i only know 3 people who latitude, would have been smarter if they just enabled 3rd party applications to integrate. I don't see many options available for privacy settings but this might change?

  • Android Blog

    I am very pleased with Google creating this Navigation. I used it for my HTC hero and I absolutely loved it. the program is smart, and it can hear my words accurately when I say where to navigate.

  • Android Blog

    Google maps for Android. Yeah! It’s a very cool app to engage with I am definitely looking forward for it.