We've all been there: you looked up the directions to the restaurant at home, and forgot them while you sat at work. Now your significant other is somewhat miffed because you're half an hour late, so you search for the address on your phone... and can't remember the French name with all the extra punctuation. Google's got your back: the latest version of Google Maps for Android remembers the searches you've made on the Google Maps website, and brings them up as you begin to type. Magnifique!

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You'll also have access to your Maps search history, as well as a list of the places for which you've requested directions and/or navigation. There's also a new way to zoom into your maps, designed specifically for use with one hand: double-tap, then slide your finger to zoom in or out. The new version is available for download in the Google Play Store now for all devices. Remember that you'll have to be logged into your Google account on your desktop in order for your searches to sync across devices.

[Via Google Lat-Long Blog]

Jeremiah Rice
Jeremiah is a US-based blogger who bought a Nexus One the day it came out and never looked back. In his spare time he watches Star Trek, cooks eggs, and completely fails to write novels.
  • http://www.facebook.com/long2know Stephen Long

    Now just make the offline caching more useful and it will be perfect!

  • Sean Stone

    Saw it mentioned somewhere else too, and it works great, but the update has 1 finger zooming now too. Double tap and hold on the second tap and slide up and down. Simple but genius.

    • MeCampbell30

      Not as effective as pinch to zoom but understandable in light of Apple terrorism

      • Freak4Dell

        Maybe not as effective, but way easier to use. Anything that takes the second hand out of the picture is good by me.

        • amishra123

          I am sure you do ;)

          • onpoint G

            hahha I get it

          • Freak4Dell

            Don't act like you've never been turned on by intersections. :p

      • patapongirl

        The idea is ingenious because I could operate map with one hand now.

    • PhilNelwyn

      Yeah, and it's sad to say that, but I really hope that Google patented it!

    • fixxmyhead

      i was doing it side to side and wondering why it wasnt working. finally figured it out but where the hell were the instructions?

  • squiddy20

    I'm confused. Just a few days ago I searched for something on the desktop side, and when I opened Maps up an hour or so later, that same search was listed on my phone. Was it just a back end (server side) implementation and I somehow got early access to the feature?

    • Goldenpins

      if you had a Nexus with Jelleybean its been doing it via GoogleNow for awhile.

    • mesmorino

      Things that happen to me frequently and I'm never sure if it's because I stay signed in, or whether my search history is being synced, or some combination of both. I've starred locations on my phone and they'll show up on my computer

      • ssj4Gogeta

        The starred locations were always synced, as were the custom maps you make. They're stored on Google's servers, not locally.

  • http://www.facebook.com/fekle Felix Klein

    The new one-hand zoom feature is pretty cool, too :)

  • SK

    Uhh... Google Maps wouldn't even remember and bring up the places I searched for on the phone. Is that something that used to work for others?

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      Mine has a delay bringing up that dropdown now when I start it and press search, it kind of makes it seem like it's not working. Not sure I like that at all.

  • Daniel Wiggins

    Does anyone know how to navigate to a conatct's address listed in the navigation by scrolling to the right, by using google now, or voice actions?

  • Lien Wee Hoo

    The Latitude icon disappear. Leaving with 3 icons only.

  • Owen Finn

    Crashes on all HTC devices.

    • Ryanator

      Still reboots my Galaxy Tab too.

    • Stikman72

      My EVO 3D still crashes

  • wickets

    I'm not getting search to work....i look up an addy on my desktop, but the search doesnt show in maps on my phone. is there some sort of delay? thanks

  • Guest

    anyone else missing latitude icon?

    • TimTheK

      No because its still a part of maps as it should be. Its just not a separate icon anymore because it didn't need to be.

  • bse88

    I am still waiting to be able to link an adress/point in the map with a contact from my list, without making a whole mess.

  • http://twitter.com/FredBloggs13 FredBloggs

    Is it still missing the Latitude Widget? Staying on the previous version until they fix that 'bug'

    • Fifth313ment

      They removed the Latitude Widget a while back and disabled Latitude
      sharing with users having to re-enable it after the update. Now they
      have removed the Latitude icon altogether! Anyone see a pattern, lol? I
      love Latitude and I still miss real-time updating. Google always makes
      things worse.

      • TimTheK

        Latitude is a part of maps. It doesn't/didn't need to be a separate app and Google just eliminated the icon in this update. You can still get to latitude through the map layers or the upper left 'drop menu' of maps.

        • Fifth313ment

          That is BS as they still have the Places icon and where did the Latitude Widget go? You are just speculating and not doing a good job at it. I will speculate that they might be changing latitude or removing it completely soon.

          • TimTheK

            I don't know why they still have the 'Local' icon (I assume that's what you meany by places), maybe they haven't gotten around to deleting it. I don't know why you are so panicked by this. They haven't actually eliminated Latitude at this point. I'm not speculating anything, only pointing out that since they haven't actually eliminated Latitude, that there's not anything to be concerned about.

            And as far as I can tell, Latitude is still capable of real time updating. I know on our last road trip my location was constantly updating.

            I can't comment on the latitude widget because I've never used it an have no idea what it was.

  • Jon Garrett

    double tap to zoom !! brilliant, now we don't have to worry about pinch to zoom.

  • NA

    yeah, not too sexist? Good to see the image of geeks is upheld.