Google Maps 6.9 and New Google+ App Reviewed – I/O 2012 Versions (Video)

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  • 29 Jun 2012
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  • Google updated its major apps with the occasion of Google I/O 2012, including the YouTube application, Google Earth and now Google+ and Google Maps also get this treatment. We did a brief analysis of the functioning of the apps in the video below. We tested the apps on a Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 unit, in case you’re wondering.

    Google Maps has reached version 6.9 and it has the option to store offline maps, that will be shown in the My Places area. Downloads are fast and you can store a lot of acres in a couple of MB, for offline viewing. 150 countries are supported and this feature is welcome if you arrive in an area without connectivity and you previously had the chance to save an offline map. Street View also offers more freedom now, so you can move the Pegman wherever you want.

    Moving on to the new Google+ app, I guess that this is the third UI change in a two months period. We’re dealing with a lot of horizontal swiping now and a main section of options available at a press of the upper left corner where the G+ lays. There’s a special tablet app for Google+ out there and the stream of info is offers is based on popularity, type and orientation. The Events feature is probably the biggest upgrade of the entire application, including pictures posted by various people during the same event, plus a Party mode.

    There’s calendar integration and a before/during/after mechanism for creating a realistic slider for an event/party. The Party Mode creates a flow of photos taken live at a party and posts all of them to Google+. More of that in the video below. You can download the new Google+ from here and the new Google Maps from here.

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