It's not quite live yet, but Google would like you to know that Google Maps 6.10 is on its way to handsets by the end of the day. "What's new for me, the public transit user?" I hear you ask. Quite a bit, in fact! First off, Google has announced that it now has data on more than one million transit stops worldwide, spread throughout almost 500 cities. In an effort to make that information more usable, the Transit Lines map layer can now me narrowed down to a single method of transportation. Um. Yes please.

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In addition, station pages will now show departure times, which lines serve the station, and how far to other platforms nearby. Taken together, these features make a powerful update for the public commuter. If you live in a less dense area, or drive your own vehicle to and from work, don't worry. Google's got a few new treats for you, as well:

  • Now, whenever you search for a city or postal code, the borders of that region are highlighted.
  • Under My Places you’ll notice we’ve added new tabs, which will help you access all your information from a single place; from your saved maps for use offline to your starred places and Custom Maps created on your desktop.
  • If you enable Location History, you’ll be able to browse the places you’ve been on a daily basis with an updated Location History dashboard.

Google says the app will be updated today. It doesn't appear to be live just yet, but you should see it before too long. So, just keep refreshing your My Apps list in the Play Store like mad.

Update: The new version is live on the Play Store now, and even comes with a gorgeous new icon. Pretty snazzy!

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Source: Google Lat Long Blog