Google Maps for Android Updated With Fresh Interface, New Look for Tablets; Latitude Gets Canned (Video)
Today was renewal day for Google, that announced a slightly revamped Google Maps experience, especially on tablets. The service loses the contribution of Latitude, that has been canned and replaced with an equivalent feature, integrated within Google+.
Google Maps has reached version 7.0.0 of the app, that brings among others an Explore feature, that allows users to visually browse and discover new places without typing. You just tap the search box and cards will appear, showing the best places to drink, eat and shop. There’s also a navigation enhancement, that adds extra traffic info, like incident details.
This new app brings a new UI, a dedicated one for tablets with Android and iPads. There’s also a 5 star rating system, that will give the public quick reviews of places to check out, like cafes, bars and restaurants, with Zagat powering it up. Latitude and check-ins will be retired and will stop functioning from August 9th. If you want location sharing and check in, Google+ will have it.