Google Maps Android app update brings improved battery life and directions

Underneath all the CES craze, Google manged to push out an update to its Google Maps application. The new update ushers in much needed improvements to battery life while at the same time improving location tracking within Google Latitude, which is notorious when it comes to sucking the life out of your battery (trust me, I know).

Other noteworthy features in this version include:

  • Improved battery performance for Latitude and Location History users, and fresher locations for friends in Latitude
  • Transit Navigation (Beta) can use vehicle speed to estimate location if GPS signal is lost
  • Increase route options for public transit directions from 3 to 4.
  • Report feedback to Google from the settings menu

Google also brings a welcomed addition of indoor maps (floor plans) to the mix. The search giant released the first of the floor plans it collected last November, and has added indoor maps for CES and some other parts of Las Vegas. Floor Plans still needs a lot of work as it doesn’t accept submissions for non-public buildings like residences or places that require clearance to enter, but it’s what you’d expect from something in beta. If you haven’t already, be sure to head over to the Android Market and update your Google Maps app.

[via Androidandme]


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