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Update #6 by Artem: Official Google blog post.

Update #5 by Artem: Google uploaded several official video promos for the new v7.0.0 update:

I'm not going to embed the rest, but you can find them here: The new Google Maps app for tablets, Directions and navigation with the new Google Maps app, Explore with the new Google Maps app, Shake to send feedback with the new Google Maps app.

Update #4 by Artem: The mirror for Android 4.1+ is up.

Update #3 by Artem: We have so far seen at least 6 variations of the APK, with some aimed at API 16 and 17 (Android 4.1+) and some at just API 17 (Android 4.2+). Some of them have mdpi, some hdpi, xhdpi, and xxhdpi resources. There are tons of variants.

What we'll do is provide another mirror for Android 4.1 owners, but you may end up with a version of the APK not optimized for your device (which means it may try to scale lower-quality textures up or high-quality ones down and ultimately either look worse or behave slower than it should).

My advice to you is to uninstall the update in a few days and reinstall the one from the Play Store, which will automatically pull the APK optimized for your device.

Update #2: It appears that only the changelog was pulled, while the update is still rolling out. For those not willing to wait, we've got the .apk (thanks, vwbeetlvr!), though we suspect that this .apk might only work on devices running Android 4.2. See below for screenshots and download mirrors.

Update #1: It looks like the update may have been pulled. We'll keep an eye on the situation and update when more information is available.

Back at I/O, Google unveiled the new Google Maps. The web interface is already live for many, giving users a trim, clean experience with a more vivid color palette and enhanced functionality including new methods of discovery and better visual cues.

Google promised that Android's (long overdue) Maps refresh with the same great features and more would be popping up some time this summer, and it has finally arrived. Earlier this evening, an update began rolling out (in now signature stages) to users of Android 4.0.3 and above.

Let's take a look at some screenshots.

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The update, besides bringing a fresh new design (for both phones and tablets of course), promises the awesome navigation changes we were expecting, including "live traffic updates, incident reports, and dynamic rerouting," meaning if there's a wreck during your commute, Maps can go ahead and route you around the incident.

Of course the new exploration methods and markers are all there as well. Here's the semi-full changelog:

What's in this version:

*This update will be gradually rolling out to Android 4.0.3+ users over the next few weeks. Users with Android versions below 4.0.3 should visit http://goo.gl/5AMJS to find out more about the Google Maps app available to you.
- New design for Android phones and tablets
- Enhanced navigation including live traffic updates, incident reports and dynamic rerouting
- Explore: A new way to browse and discover popular local places to eat, drink, shop, play and sleep

Keep a close eye on your device for the update, or just grab it now from one of the mirrors below.

Download

Android 4.2 only:

Android 4.1+:

Liam Spradlin
Liam loves Android, design, user experience, and travel. He doesn't love ill-proportioned letter forms, advertisements made entirely of stock photography, and writing biographical snippets.

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

    Looks like they just pulled it - someone must have pulled the trigger a day early - I bet it comes out tomorrow.

    Here's the changelog as it was 5 minutes ago: http://i.imgur.com/fyMwV1N.png

    And the broken screenshots: http://i.imgur.com/iiuhbDe.png

    Here's the reverted version: http://i.imgur.com/za85LhU.png

    • mechapathy

      I came here to say #HOLOYOLO, but now it's more like HOL--oh nolo.

      • http://www.youtube.com/kimirPORTALS kimir

        I blame MKB.

      • http://dooid.com/danielnadeau Daniel Nadeau

        HOL-oh LOLno

      • MindFever

        Go to HOL

    • Justin Osborne

      It's still there - not pulled. I see the pics and description on my phone. Of course, I can't update, but I do see the new stuff in the Play Store. :)

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

        The screenshots are back to what they used to be, I believe. And the changelog changed back too - you may be seeing a cached version before it reverts back.

      • mechapathy

        Yeah, I see the new description, but not the screenshots.

    • vwbeetlvr

      http://db.tt/mgffrVT6

      There it is!

      • Justin Osborne

        Thank you!! :-) It's the real deal!

      • James

        problem parsing package

        • Felipe Pimenta

          Same here... Isn't a faulty download because I downloaded it 4 times... 4.1.2 here;

        • Diego Mendonça

          Got same problem!

        • http://www.youtube.com/kimirPORTALS kimir

          No issue here.

        • yobbei

          Same here

        • Atze Kraut

          Try with the stock browser.

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

        Hrm, this worked on the Nexus 4, but on the Note II I get problem parsing package. Maybe this apk is Android 4.2-specific.

    • TSON1

      It's downloading fine for me now through play store.

  • Greg Sanders

    The web refresh has been really disappointing in the actual features aspect. You can't do multi-destination directions? Where's my starred locations? Etc.

    Yes, it looks nice, and works better for basic searching/traveling. I reverted back to get all the old features.

    • Wazzifer

      Maybe cause it's beta?

      • Greg Sanders

        Feels like an alpha, since it doesnt even have basic features we count on.

        • Wazzifer

          So you're calling an Alpha product disappointing?

          • Greg Sanders

            It's a disappointing beta.

            I'm allowed to have feelings. Or so I've been told.

          • Wazzifer

            THERE ARE NO FEELINGS ON THE INTERNET.

          • esper256

            As a software engineer, I can say, it's tough to please everyone. If all you do is add features to your application incrementally. Eventually you end up with a bloated piece of buggy garbage.

            Some people will just keep going and end up irrelevant. Better development teams will recognize the need to refactor or rewrite. I think the latest release of maps is an enormous change. When you are basically rewriting from scratch. You can't really wait to release until you have every feature from the previous version. Otherwise you will be developing in a void, with no user feedback, with no user analytics. You won't know which features, or redesigns are working or not.

            As disappointing as it is for users to lose features. You have to release after the major rewrite and get back into the iterate, release, gather feedback cycle.

            Fortunately after a rewrite, things are cleaner, and features go in quicker, and you can eventually overtake where you would have been if you hadn't rewritten. But people will still be upset.

      • squiddy20

        I haven't used the updated web version, but isn't an update/refresh, regardless of if it's a beta or even an alpha, supposed to add or improve features? Sounds like it's taken quite a few away...

      • pfmiller

        Beta releases are supposed to be feature complete. If features are still being added it's not ready for beta release.

    • ercl

      And layers :/
      I want my layers!

    • Bojan Gutic

      Make sure you submit feedback on it. They can't fix it if they don't know people have a problem with it!

    • Donatom3

      Even worse they got rid of the Navigation launcher that was great in my car dock.

    • Michael D.

      Exactly. But it gets worse, much worse. Just try to navigate/find/save a location that DOES NOT have an address or has WRONG address information. You may end up several hundred meters away. In the old google maps you where at least given the coordinates. Google please stop downgrading your applications. Thank you.

  • David J

    Awesome!

  • Felipe Pimenta

    Hope it includes fixes for the huge battery drain it causes on my phone...

    • Walkop

      Does it actually show the battery drain as Google Maps in Battery info?

      I don't really seem to have this issue.

      • Felipe Pimenta

        Yeah. It used to say, depending on day, around 15%, when I actually never used it...

        • Alex

          Check that you've turned off Latitude and location history. Those use lots of battery some times.

        • Cow D. Cuckoo

          Happens to me too. I just uninstalled it.

    • https://twitter.com/#!/doomstang Doomstang

      Usually any battery drain by Maps means other apps were pulling location data so Maps had to run. I keep my GPS off and I've actually gotten used to freezing maps to keep it from being such a drain.

      • Morten Ulveseth

        I always have GPS on and notice no drain on my Galaxy Nexus.

    • dilharo

      LOt of wakelocks:(

  • Tito!

    apk please.... :D

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

      As soon as we find it.

      • jazzruby

        The Google Maps APKs vary from device to device, e.g. if you install on all your devices from the Play Store and then backup the APKs with ES File Explorer, they all have the same version # (eg 6.14.4) however the MD5s mismatch.
        I believe this is the only Google app like this; the 'Google services' app also varies among devices, however it's denoted in the version string, e.g.

        (669520-30) - Nexus 7
        (669520-32) - Transformer TF101
        (669520-36) - Nexus

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

          But does that prevent one from installing it across devices? I don't think it would, unless you try the version for pre-4.0.3 devices, which would be a different apk.

          • jazzruby

            But... the question is, What's the reason for difference; all my devices are running JB 4.2.2, the 2 Nexus are stock image JDQ39 and TF101 is on Team EOS 4

          • http://www.kovdev.com/ kover

            Might be including only assets for that screen size in order to reduce package size?

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

            @jazzruby:disqus, @koveleski:disqus is right - the differences are in the bundled assets.

          • vwbeetlvr

            http://db.tt/b9W0102a

            Here is my copy from my nexus 7, vs the other which was from galaxy s3.

    • http://katzmatt.com/ Matt Katzenberger

      I'll second that. If anyone got the update please share the APK xD

  • dtraini30

    Maybe the Googlers were like "Shit, that isn't supposed to be out yet! Wait for 4.3 to come out first!" Lol one can dream..

    • mechapathy

      I'd love to wake up tomorrow to system update and Maps update notifications. That would just be the coolest.

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

        Keep dreaming.

        • mechapathy

          Indeed. le sigh.

  • Zach Mauch

    The things I want to see are lane assist and speed limits.

  • curiousfox

    I want it now!!!!! THE APK!!!!

  • vwbeetlvr

    OMG I got the new update let me see if I can host it!

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

      You better not be trolling us!

      • vwbeetlvr

        Got it?

        • Bradley Albert Nemitz

          I just installed it! Way to go vwbeetlvr!

        • assrammer2000

          it's legit

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

          You're the man. Mirrored 4 ways, Liam adding into the post now.

          Tested, screenshotted.

          • vwbeetlvr

            I have been so excited that I was the first to upload it that I have only played with it for two seconds to be sure it was the new version!

        • Stacey Liu

          I love you so much.

        • Daniel Harris

          "There is a problem parsing the package."

        • ercl

          Thanks!
          Everybody got the master key bug patch before updating? ;)

      • vwbeetlvr

        http://db.tt/b9W0102a

        This is the copy from my nexus 7, the other was from galaxy S3. They have different file sizes...

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

          Nexus 7 runs 4.2.2 though, and I updated the Nexus 4, Nexus 7, and Eric did the Nexus 10 from your first link...

          What does your S3 run?

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

          As expected, this one also doesn't parse on 4.1.2. :(

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

          Decompiled both and I see the difference - one has xhdpi and one has hdpi assets.

  • BRIM

    Odd seeing people say it's been pulled. Just updated and it's live. Looks much nicer. Long overdue.

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

      Hrm, you too? Post the apk from /data/app please?

      • boogie_monster

        @Artem, I think it is only available to those who are using the new Google Maps on the web, It's just a thought but if you are using the old one and didn't sign up for the new maps you might not get it.

        • Alex

          I've got the new web maps, but it says my maps are up to date on the web Play store and the app.

          • boogie_monster

            few ppl uploaded APKs you can download, but if you want to download it yourself, in your browser delete your cookies sign back in to your google acc. on the maps page press install, (it might say installed, just go ahead and press it) then it should show you on which devices you can install it. I installed it on both my Xoom and GNEX.

  • boogie_monster

    Are you sure they took it down? I just update mine through Google Play Web. and to be honest I miss the arrow icon we used to have. trying to test it and see what has changed.

  • shane

    The update was sitting there for me.. Installed from play store no problem

  • Davecker

    Guys, just got the update from the playstore on my galaxy nexus

    • Stacey Liu

      Get us the APK from /system/app/ or /data/app/

      • Alexei Watson

        data - not system. the system one is the original version included in your rom

    • icyrock1

      Same for me on my Nexus 7.

  • GreatNews

    The update us downloading as I type from the play store on my Nexus 4

  • sdmark

    I actually received and installed the update on my t-mo gs4

  • Roshan

    Here it is guts.

    http://db.tt/qoJ3cveT

    It's nice.

    • baconslayer09

      Thank you. Have an upvote.

      I can confirm this is the real deal.

    • Steven Schoen

      Works beautifully on my Galaxy Nexus.

    • Roshan

      Looks like they removed latitude in new option. I was using it.

      • http://mitchs.co Mitch Samuels

        NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO.

        They better release a standalone app like they have for iPhone.

        • makapav

          It's more part of Google+ app in locations which sucks because you have to invite everyone and it's a sh1t interface.

  • keivanz

    Those who have installed the update: any idea how to get to Google Latitude now?

    • jaduncan

      It's in G+ under location. Not having it in maps is irritating.

  • Railwayman

    I got the update one hour ago approximately on my Xperia Z running Android 4.2.2/PAC 23.0.0. So I guess they roll it out to all Jellybean devices.

  • Felipe Pimenta

    For those who updated already, are you all in 4.2.2? Because I think it is for it only. Seems like people with 4.1.2 and below can't update...
    EDIT: Decompiled, and Minimum SDK is 17, so 4.2.2 only.

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

      Yeah, 4.2.2 worked, 4.1.2 didn't.

      • Felipe Pimenta

        Check my edit: I decompiled the app, and checked it has a Minimum SDK of 17 (4.2.2)... rather strange...

      • boogie_monster

        Worked on my Xoom 4.1.2, Stock unrooted.

        • Felipe Pimenta

          Strange. You updated from play Store?

          • boogie_monster

            yes, Web Play store tho.

          • Felipe Pimenta

            I tried the method you posted (clearing cookies) but I get a "Your device already has this installed" message.. Seems like I will need to wait for a 4.1.2 apk or update by play Store... sigh..

          • boogie_monster

            is there anyway I can get the APK although I'm not rooted? I'd gladly do it.

          • Felipe Pimenta

            I don't think so :/ You could try going to /data/app and trying to copy the apk to out of it, but it may not work. Hope it does :)

          • boogie_monster

            ok guys try this see if it works with 4.1.2, I took the APK from my xoom running 4.1.2 thanks to @zargh:disqus

            forgot to add the link sorry:

            https://www.dropbox.com/s/56ylhot2nqfole6/com.google.android.apps.maps-700002501-v7.0.0.apk

          • http://komunikatory.im/ Michał Gałężewski

            It works! Thanks! :)

          • boogie_monster

            enjoy.

          • Matthew Edwards

            Works on my Sprint Galaxy S3 4.1.2. Thanks boogie monster!

          • boogie_monster

            Glad I could help.

          • Felipe Pimenta

            Works here, thank you very much!

          • boogie_monster

            no problem

          • http://twitter.com/cooltay105 Tay

            You rock! Thanks a ton!

          • Zargh
          • boogie_monster

            cool DLing right now,

      • Zargh

        Remember this is doing multiple APK AND staged rollout, so you're going have to grab and host more than one APK this time round. Depending on how version happy they were you could be in for a looooooooong ride.

        ....Good luck!

  • Spyral

    No more Latitude... *sniffle*

    • ercl

      It's inside g+

  • GreatNews

    Love this update! Looks nice a really snappy, will try out the navigation tomorrow while driving!

  • Kevin Mirsky

    I'm getting a parsing error when I try to install that apk... Shame.

    I've got a Verizon Galaxy S III on 4.1.2. I guess it's because of the different apks for different devices.

  • Luis Medina

    Did someone notice the app screenshots in Google Play?? the signal status features "4G". Interesting

    • Alexei Watson

      you're bang on there eagle eyes, both on the 7" and phone sized screenshots.

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

      I bet these are emulator shots. Or fake ones. Look at the time - it's staged.

      • Felipe Pimenta

        Just like every Google app...

  • Neyfun

    Does not work on my HTC One so I think the 4.2 only is true. Bummer, oh well I will wait

  • vwbeetlvr

    http://db.tt/b9W0102a

    This is the file I pulled from my nexus 7, it's different than the one I originally uploaded from my galaxy s3 running cm10.1

  • GreatNews

    Waiting in the Apk teardown....

  • KanishkSingh

    Did they remove latitude?

  • Luis Medina

    Hint!! shake your device to send feedback!

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii
      • Freak4Dell

        Sweet...now I can send feedback every time I hit a bump in the road!

  • leviwhite9

    Parse error on 4.1.2...

  • icyrock1

    I just got the update through Google Play. Not sure if it's been pulled or if they're doing a roll out or something.

  • nightfox11

    thanks guys !

  • vineet

    working on VZW and ATT galaxy s3

  • David Dudovitz

    Google is doing staged rollouts, and is pissed at people who are installing an early apk. The solution: limit early compatibility to the Android version w/ 5 percent adoption.

    • Luis Augusto Fretes Cuevas

      Fuck them and their staged rollouts. They should let anyone updating it manually (i.e. going to the store on their computer or phone) update it, practically only hardcore Android users are going to do that soon, and that's the people writing blogs, coding apps and recommending your crap to others.

      • pfmiller

        Yeah, I can't stand Google's staged rollouts. It was bad enough when it was just the OS updates, but now they're doing it with their apps too. If the software is ready to release just release it already. Apple doesn't play these stupid games with their updates...

  • jazzruby

    Maps APK-Info

    • jazzruby

      Version Code differs

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

        I looked inside - the difference is also the xhdpi vs hdpi bundled resources.

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

      I want this program - can you share the link to download please?

      • jazzruby

        Sure, this is an Auto-It application originally developed by 'zoster' however it was abandoned awhile ago (SDK level 14) and I've updated it and just need to update a few strings and I'll post it on XDA

  • Adonis Inman

    What happened to Latitude?!

  • Metroview

    Hot damn the UI is beautiful! Especially the Explore area!

  • yobbei

    I am getting error parsing the package??

  • James

    https://www.dropbox.com/s/jse41y7gtxr6juo/com.google.android.apps.maps_7.0.0.apk for 4.1.2 users.... please use the "add to my dropbox" option to save this guys account. Also credit to Craig phillips on G+

  • Jorge Rhor

    No Offline Maps?

  • R. Meyners

    "My Maps" got lost

  • moelsen8

    Hopefully its not as slow as the web version. I Fn hate the new version. Its unusable.

  • Tacomonster

    While it looks very nice, it's missing a number of features: Latitude (it's just gone?), offline maps, ability to filter and sort search results (for example, I can't search for 'coffee shops' and filter out those that are closed). I don't miss the clutter of the previous version, but I don't see why they had to jettison all this functionality.

  • http://www.kylepetzinger.com/ Kyle Petzinger

    I need help! Whenever I open the apk it won't let me select the "Install" button. Cancel works, just not install. So close! Any tips?

    • vwbeetlvr

      Any app that draws over the screen needs to be shut off, like screen dimmer apps

      • http://www.kylepetzinger.com/ Kyle Petzinger

        Thanks a ton! I also saw this after a little Googling. Stupid brightness app!

  • http://dooid.com/danielnadeau Daniel Nadeau

    How in hell do you get to the Explore screen? Its so pretty!

    • http://cassidyjames.com Cassidy James

      Tap the search box!

      • http://dooid.com/danielnadeau Daniel Nadeau

        Don't see it. :( I see a little card with utensils, and a drink and a coffee cup, but clicking any of those just leads to a "Nearby Places" search.

        • Luis Augusto Fretes Cuevas

          4.2.x only perhaps?

          • http://dooid.com/danielnadeau Daniel Nadeau

            I run CM. Not the issue, I think it's just US only... :/

          • Luis Augusto Fretes Cuevas

            Confirmed. Go to an american city, tap the search box, Explore will appear :)

          • Alex Luckett

            Not US only. It's working for me here in the UK.

  • alexander

    Does anyone know how to access the the new explore function demonstrated in the screenshots above (with the large graphics and food imagery)?

    • http://cassidyjames.com Cassidy James

      Search box.

      • Luis Augusto Fretes Cuevas

        Only appears in certain areas, if it doesn't appear where you are, and you want to check it out, just go to an American City (NY or SF), tap the search box :)

  • akshay7394

    Is anybody else going some serious graphic glitching? My entire screen starts to flicker when i use the new Maps :S

    • http://cassidyjames.com Cassidy James

      Not on my Nexus 7, still haven't installed on my Nexus 4.

      • akshay7394

        I think the problem is I sideloaded the apk and I've got an MDPI device. The intro screen seems a bit larger than it should be as well. Uninstalling and hoping for a Play Store update now. *fingers crossed*

        Edit: The sideloading thing only makes sense if the theory of them doing seperate packages for different resolutions is true. That would be awesome but I have to wait longer now :P

  • Luis Augusto Fretes Cuevas

    WTH, offline maps are no longer available...

  • Kyle C

    Where is offline maps?

    • http://www.youtube.com/user/rsrmean rMean

      i don't understand why they killed this feature. i'm travelling soon and need that - > no update. they are getting loads of 1star reviews right now ^^

      • Morten Ulveseth

        If you're traveling in Europe, data traffic is not unbearably expensive anymore (0.45€ per MB and decreasing to 0.20€ next year). It would be nice to be able to have some cities preloaded to reduce the costs as much as possible though.

        • http://www.youtube.com/user/rsrmean rMean

          that 's my thought. i dont need turn by turn navigation while travelling, but having a greater area preloaded would be nice. will try the hint in the link below

    • http://www.youtube.com/user/rsrmean rMean
      • Morten Ulveseth

        Nice! That seems to kinda work. Just zoom to the area you want to load and type "Ok maps" into the search field and it starts preloading.

        Edit: Hm well, it only seem to cache what is actually on screen and not on every zoom level. Not sure how useful this is...

        • http://www.youtube.com/user/rsrmean rMean

          well, better than nothing :-) hope they will improve this.. Hoping since 2010 lol

          • Morten Ulveseth

            Yep. I have a drawer full of sim cards from different countries partly because of poor offline maps.

      • jaduncan

        I was uplifted and then noted that it appears to essentially store the tile you can see rather than all levels. I guess I will completely convert to OSMAnd then.

    • WestIndiesKING

      You can still use offline mode. You can cache the map by typing "Ok maps" into the search bar. Not obvious but it is still there.

      • jaduncan

        It's not the same. Do that, go into airplane mode them zoom in. You'll notice that it isn't actually caching the data properly.

        • WestIndiesKING

          it works fine for me

          • jaduncan

            Really? I don't get extra detail below a certain zoom point, just a further zoom on the generated image.

          • Someone

            Are you sure you're giving it enough time to download the maps before entering airplane mode?

          • jaduncan

            I waited for it to get to 100% in the top bar and put it in airplane mode after the little map-has-been-cached toast. Is this working for other people down to the closest zoom levels?

          • jaduncan

            Issue located: it does the lower levels of detail when cycling mode is selected, but zooms all the way in on the default map. Can anyone else reproduce that?

    • Jarrod

      Type okay maps in the search box to get offline maps back.

  • FightingNavyman

    sup autoprime

  • Pete

    Updated from the Play Store on my phone running stock 4.1.2.

  • Luis Augusto Fretes Cuevas

    Not only were offline maps removed... some of the functionality is harder to find (for instance, the place where "restaurants, etcs" are found is a bit cryptic, and while it looks gorgeous, the top navigation bar looks awful.

  • David Dudovitz

    Seems there are diff versions for each Android platform, 4.1.2 version doesn't install on 4.2.2, and neither install on 4.0.3.

  • ercl

    Now could be a good time to take advantage of the master key bug eh?

  • Amer Khaznadar

    Just a heads up, according to comments on Play Store, the update doesn't have Offline Maps or Latitude. If you rely on either then you might want to hold back on updating.

    (Personally I rely Offline Maps a lot so I'm waiting till it's back).

    Edit: The comments here were refusing to fully load when I posted. Seems like others mentioned this already.

    • Makoute

      It sorta does have offline though.

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

    The APK for Android 4.1+ is up too now. But please please please read the Update #3.

    • yobbei

      OMG thank you so much

  • Nick Tsiotinos

    You are right on your suspicions of it running on 4.2 only! I've just installed it on Nexus 4 and 10. However will not "parse" on HTC One (running 4.1)! Hmmm. New interface looks great!!

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

      See the update.

  • Rohan Dhruva

    There is a new feature called "shake to provide feedback". Doing that causes the app to Force Close.

    • ppero196

      Not for me. 4.2.2

      • Rohan Dhruva

        Weird. I installed the apk on CM 10.1 == Android 4.2.2.

        • ppero196

          Yeah. I also have CM 10.1, so its not CM's bug. Or its broken on your CM build.

    • WHO?

      Works on Sprint Note 2 4.1.2

  • ppero196

    I guess this update enabled Navigation in Croatia. On old version I couldn't use it but on this one I can.

    • HebeGuess

      Malaysia too...

  • TSON1

    .

  • Vincent Goh

    so Latitude gone, Offline maps gone. Well done.

    • Lalit Mali

      Latitude gone?! :-

      • Vincent Goh

        for now I hope.

        • jaduncan

          Replaced with G+ location sharing, which now lives in the G+ app.

  • Bryan

    it works perfectly on my nexus 7, thanks to vwbeetlvr and androidpolice you guys rock! Side note Google I want this on 4.1.2!

  • WHO?

    Update is available on my Sprint Note 2 in Dallas TX. I don't know what to say about offline maps being gone. What if i lose signal and get stuck in the woods surrounded by a pack of wolves. I don't know Google.... This update or downgrade has me feeling depressed.

    • David Dudovitz

      The menu button has been deprecated by Google... Just because Samsung includes it does not cause Google to have to support that outdated UI element.

      • WHO?

        Well for the mass to be able to access the menu/option from any screen is important. Clearly your not a Samsung fan which is great as i don't care.. Setting the target for hardware button for the majority of users "Samsung" is a must.

  • http://www.facebook.com/Jeremy6820 Jeremy Gomez

    I like the new look and features, but the lack of Latitude is a huge disappointment.

    • Lalit Mali

      Killed latitude and killed my excitement. Don't want the update now.

  • Bob G

    How do I get to Offline Maps?

    • WHO?

      Tell me how to get Latitude and i will tell you how to get Offline Maps.

      • http://Tablet-Market.de/ Sebastian

        Latitude is in G+ Locations (Standorte in german). Maybe that's why the killed it from maps.

  • Davi Caseira

    Anyone missing Google Latitude?

  • andy_o

    They removed a lot of things besides Latitude and offline maps. There is no option anymore for showing zoom buttons. It's harder to zoom with pinch when you're using navigation and driving. Also, before when you fired up Navigation (not the Maps app) it would sort the history according to where you'd be more likely to go, for instance depending on the time (or maybe location or both) it would show me first on the list destinations of my routine that I'm going next.

    Oh also, the damn voice is not saying street names.

    All in all, this is a pretty crappy update. All looks, no functionality.

    • HebeGuess

      Try this: short tap then tap & hold, now move your fingers...

      • andy_o

        Yeah the previous maps also had this but I was still using the buttons for a couple of reasons. First it's still easier to just tap once to zoom out a bit too check traffic than dragging the finger. Second, if you even dragged the map a little out of place, instead of just zooming, then the map would no longer follow the car (arrow).

  • http://goo.gl/xuiTR Out of the Park Apps

    Beautiful!!

  • mrjayviper

    updated an hour ago using playstore. much much faster compared to other rollouts (e.g. hangouts, music, playstore, etc)

  • Michael Fontenot

    Does this mean latitude is dead?

  • Tony

    Anyone else annoyed it takes 2 more clicks to get it into Navigation mode now? Is there a shortcut I'm missing somewhere? Used to have the google labs where you could put the Navigation button right on top of the pin-drop icon of place you're looking at.

    • Tony

      Whoa nevermind, if you press and hold on the car icon it auto goes into navigation mode...little weird that they'd hide this, but I'm happy at least :)

  • David Zamora

    Does anyone know where is Google latitude after the upgrade?

  • mikeym0p

    The page on play store is still updated. Maybe it'll be here tomorrow morning

  • Philip Kahn

    Any idea how to do check-ins, or view your location history, with this update?

  • Jachym Kokesh Lukes

    I've got it (S2 4.2.2). It is nice, but I can't find Save for offline in it. Also the Lab feature Measure distance isn't there. I use these two a lot. Well, I guess I'll have to live without these features.

    • Benjamin Pavel

      Be on selected area that you want to save it offline and search for "ok maps". As for measure distance feature try using the older version ?
      I can give you apk if you want.

      • Jachym Kokesh Lukes

        Thank you! OK Maps? It works, but... why isn't it accessible in some more user friendly manner? I will live without measuring of the distances, I like the new maps and I do not want to use the outdated version, without any updates.

  • Anonymous

    Does anyone know where is the 'current location' button?

    • Alex Luckett

      bottom right of the app?

      • Anonymous

        Its got overlapped by the 'minimize' button on my note 10.1 :/

  • drvadlamudi

    What happened to Google latitude? I also want the 45 degree view.

  • Rohan Dhruva

    The "Local" app on this new maps is missing many features: e.g. finding a restaurant that is "open now".

  • Philip Kahn

    I can't find Explore/Eat/Etc .... anyone know where it is?

    EDIT: Apparently it's supposed to be under search, but I don't see anything except recent places I've checked into (which we can't do here, btw!)

    • bob

      Tap on search bar, then minimize the keyboard.

      • Philip Kahn

        Yep, nothing. I suppose I'll uninstall the update and reinstall when it's launched officially ... but for now, it's smoother and sharper looking than the old one. Hopefully AP will have the new APKs when it gets its official announcement :-)

        (GNex / 4.2.2)

  • Ian

    Can someone tell me how to see Latitude friends on the map?

  • Dipish

    Can I still open my custom maps via Layers?

  • Xenios Kofteros

    More good news, with the new maps navigation is enabled in my country (Cyprus), so probably elsewhere as well.

    • Alvin Lim

      Yup yup, its finally here as well! :D

  • Xenios Kofteros

    And to cache maps just zoom in the required area and search for "ok maps". Easter egg everybody. Other blogs have reported on this.

  • pete

    not sure if mentioned yet, but do a search for 'ok maps' in the app and it will preload cache the map in the current view.

    • pete

      ah yeah, already mentioned, sorry.

  • Marcus Sörensson

    Just found out that for offline maps. You type "ok map" in the searchbox. Then it caches the current view. Just like in the old version

  • Dzikoo
  • roger simmons

    did they add lane guideance ?

  • Simon

    Typing "OK Maps" to download maps offline...sometimes I wonder what they are thinking at Google. Command lines may be useful on PC but they are not the easiest way to navigate on mobile. + when you use keyboard command, at least you try to make them explicit, how can the user understand that "OK Maps" means "Download the current map" ?

    Very strange.

    Also, I don't know if anybody noticed, but they completely broke Streetview in this new release. No pegman ; impossible to navigate (clicking on the arrow is very random and unprecise) ; impossible to quickly go to a specific location on the image by dragging the pegman as before ; generally slower. It looks like a version from a few years back.

    • Simon

      Also, with their strange new "ok maps" feature, there is no way to see what parts of the world are cached offline and how to delete them.

      I find that funny that they implemented yet a new "sliding drawer" paradigm. Now that they have updated most of their apps with the new drawer, here they go releasing one with no action bar whatsoever, a strange "menu button" positionned on the bottom left (?) and a drawer that you can't open by sliding from the left border of the screen like stated in their own design guidelines.
      They crack me up :)

      • randomchars

        Different problems require different solutions. This "drawer" is not for in app navigation, but for map options. Sliding obviously wouldn't work as that's how you navigate the map.

        So.. what's your point exactly?

        • Simon JB

          My point is there is no use in promoting "UI guidelines" if you don't bother to respect them yourself. I'll gladfully agree that purposefully deviating from the guidelines has benefits, and nothing should be set in stone, but this is just plain silly : the old "Google Maps" design, while a bit outdated, respected more or less the UI guidelines. This one looks like an Iphone app.

          "This "drawer" is not for in app navigation, but for map options"

          --> The fact is, you can call this drawer whatever you want, because it's a mess. There are maps options indeed, or more precisely "layers" that can be activated on the map. There is also a "Google Earth" shortcut leading to another app (?). And on the bottom a few menu items that should have been at home in the traditional menu button, the one that is supposed to be on the "non-existent" action bar.

          I'm not a Holo fetishist or anything but if they want to try new things, they could at least keep a layer of predictability.

          "Sliding obviously wouldn't work as that's how you navigate the map."

          --> I don't know why it wouldn't work. Swipe in the screen area = move, swipe from the outside of the screen inwards = slide the menu. The Gmail app also has a horizontal sliding action (to archive or delete email) AND a horizontal swiping menu ; both work together, and you very rarely trigger one of these behaviours on accident.

          • randomchars

            The guidelines are just that. They're not written in stone, and they should be ignored when they don't make sense. An action bar doesn't make sense here, so it's not used. Android design evolved organically, by Google and third party developers experimenting.

            > the old "Google Maps" design, while a bit outdated, respected more or less the UI guidelines. This one looks like an Iphone app.

            And? This version puts the content first, and reduces the chrome. It looks much better, and more in line with Google's recent redesigns, and the web version of Maps.

            In case you haven't noticed, holo style is slowly, but steadily being phased out in favor of a new style. You can see it in Google Now, and the iPhone version of Gmail too.

            > The Gmail app also has a horizontal sliding action (to archive or delete email) AND a horizontal swiping menu ; both work together, and you very rarely trigger one of these behaviours on accident.

            Maybe you don't but I do. The difference between sliding out the drawer, not doing anything, and archiving is a few millimeters. But archiving in Gmail is a less common patter than panning in Maps.

            > I'm not a Holo fetishist or anything but if they want to try new
            things, they could at least keep a layer of predictability.

            Luckily, they're not idiots, so they don't listen to the vocal minority who hates all change.

  • ithehappy

    'OFFLINE' removed and this gets called an 'update'? Really?
    I thought only iOS users were dumb!

    • kekkojoker90

      the update is a major update with rewrite application from 0. This is much clean and much responsive then old. And offline maps work if you write "ok maps" in the navigation bar :D

      • ithehappy

        A fancy UI is meaningless without important functions.
        And afaik typing that command just saves an imagery, not actual map!

        • SoWhy

          For me it saved the map as usual, I could zoom in anywhere and all street names and stuff was there even without internet

  • Alex

    Is there any way to use the navigation without a destination? In the old navigation you chose the 'map' option in the navigation app.

  • Robert Blenkinsopp

    I looks like it has tried to be the same as the iOS version to the loss of Holo-esque design. Don't get me wrong it looks nice clean and usable but it looks like an iOS android hybrid rather than a flagship Android app.

    • http://www.anivision.org/ Christopher Bailey (Xcom923)

      I don't have a problem with that. Not everything can be holo, especially cross-platform apps. Keep in mind that if it looks like an iOS android hybrid that's probably because it'll be on iOS and Android.

  • Riko Gonzalez

    Working fine on my phones, S3 and Nexus 4, but GPS won't work on either of my Tabs Galaxy Tab 2 7" (4.1) or Nexus 7 (4.2)

  • http://www.anivision.org/ Christopher Bailey (Xcom923)

    >_< they've been slowly killing latitude for a while now and I guess they finally finished it off with this release. I don't see it anywhere.

  • Bleakvision

    Pinch to Zoom seems to be finally fixed for the Nexus 4, so that it immidiately responds like on other devices.

  • Bleakvision

    What the hell? Latitude is completely gone!

    • http://www.anivision.org/ Christopher Bailey (Xcom923)

      yup. I think they are going in favor of G+'s location based service.

  • Ezuh

    Performance got worse on Nexus 7 though.. Nexus 4 is (as always tbh) running perfectly

  • MindFever

    Move away Latitude bitch,hello Maps v7!

  • Makoute

    no transit info? no bueno!

  • john john john

    what about lane assist ? did they add it ?

    • michael johnson

      yer anyone know about lane assist did they add that too ?

  • Btlf0nt

    I can't wait to get the update. The reason I'm not going to install the APK is the MasterKey scare going on right now. I'm sure it's legit, I just don't want to take any chances... I'll wait it out. I'll most likely be the last to get it 3 week's from now, lol.

    But as I said, I just don't want to take the chance of someone messing with the APK and uploading it for people to download. At the least, just make sure the source is legit. So you don't have to worry about you're phone going crazy on you.

    It must be awesome to have though.

  • Seany

    Problem parsing on Note 2... :(

  • Reyes Cedeño

    They also remove Latitude? Cant find it

  • LiiIiikEaBau5

    It works in Norway too:
    http://i43.tinypic.com/kdadl4.jpg

  • Mottyengel

    Am I missing something? Where is the option for alternate routes in navigation. Its very easy to select in maps, which mind you, didn't exist before, but it seems like they took it out of navigation...

  • love

    Can anybody find latitude?

    • 1776usa2016

      Gone. Service shutdown.

  • George Av

    The new map app is epic!

    • 1776usa2016

      FAIL!
      .

      • George Av

        Your life is a fail.

  • Jess Godfrey

    This is really, really strange. I have my phone set to allow
    installations from unknown sources. I open the APK, and I am unable to
    hit the "Next" or "Install" button. Just nothing happens when I tap that
    button. The "Cancel" button works fine, but I'm unable to install the
    APK because I can't hit "Install"

  • http://www.twitter.com/RaptorHawk Hawk

    This could indicate that, possibly, the Waze will be discontinued soon?

    • Alvin Lim

      I sure hope not, unless they've incorporated the awesome data crowdsourcing in Waze.

  • Stephen Diniz

    So, question.. How do you get the "Explore" Tab to open?

    I tried clicking the search bar but it's not working.. Anyone else?

    • Tacomonster

      It might depend on location. Try searching after centering the map on a US city.

      • Stephen Diniz

        I tried to center in on Boston and it didn't work :(

        People in my area haven't been having any luck either though.. (Fall River, MA) (30 mins from Providence, RI)

    • Makoute

      All I did was tap the search bar.

  • S. Ali

    Meh, Nokia HERE maps lets me download the entire U.S.

  • Shahzad Malik

    I cannot figure out how to access streetview on this new update. Am I missing something here?

  • Jooyoung Hong

    Does the 4.2 version work on 4.3?? I want to try it but I'm afraid something might go wrong..

  • Scott

    Not seeing Terrain View, don't love that. Also, searching "Ok maps" to download for offline just plain sucks. The rest of the app is pretty rad though

  • A. Turner

    Apk file installs without problem but upon opening the app it just shows a white screen before crashing. Oh well, guess I will have to wait for the official push. -Epic 4G Touch

  • Ron Hamelin

    I'm not getting voice guidance on the 4.1 or 4.2 versions on my Note 2 or GNexus respectively.

  • ruperto17

    Where is the Labs options? I can't live without the Distance Calculation tool!

  • http://tonybullard.com/ Tony Bullard

    Mildly Interesting: My co-worker used to work at the Regal Cinema used in one of the tablet screenshots.

  • JudgeWolf

    Can't install on S3 running 4.2.2 (LiquidSmooth) ... Package Installer "opens" it, but I cannot click the Install button ... why ??

  • collinpage

    Anyone have the pre v7 apk?

  • Mavamaarten

    Doesn't work here. "Unfortunately, Maps stopped working".

  • Andy McDearmon

    I has a sad :(
    I ride my bike and use public transit, but cannot load both layers up at the same time anymore.

  • MindFever

    Finally SLOVENIA ...god I must have sent them a ton of nagging messages online about this lol. I doubt they even noticed me but maybe karma ?:D no more reason to root my Nexus 4 !!

    In another article on your site someone was using Navigation around Kranj...woohoo I was born in that city :D

    • Alvin Lim

      Do you mean Google Voice Navigation? Yup we noticed over here too that its finally here!! :D
      The reason could be the recent acquisition of Waze. Waze has pretty decent navigation here.

  • Jonathan Hamilton

    Liking the new look, but did anyone noticed they removed the option to select your route in the navigation app? It now has to be done in maps prior to launching navigation. I don't know about anyone else, but I usually launch navigation by voice and would like to not have to go into maps to select my route or tell navigation to avoid tolls and/or highways.

  • art

    Mirror #1 for Android 4.1 looks great on my Galaxy Note 2. Don't understand what people are saying all over about online caching. On my first map I have in plain text an option to "make this map area available offline", so am wondering what the source of confusion was. Also nifty feature in street view where rotating your phone rotates street view.

  • Rolf

    In the new Navigation, is there a way to just use the map while driving
    without entering a destination - as it was before by tapping on "Map"?

  • silicobat

    cant install it on s4, everything is fine until the install window where the install button is disabled ? any one here have same prob. i used the mirror 1 for 4.2+

  • Samsung Fanboy

    This is by far the worse thing Google has done!!! Why on earth would they ruin Google Maps and give us the same watered down restricted and limited version as iOS?

    Gone is Latitude, gone is Labs, Gone is "walking" in street view. Gone is highlighted areas when searching for a zip code or neighborhood.

  • Leandro

    Seems like there is still no love for those of us stuck in ICS...

  • NightShadow

    anyone experiencing sluggishness with the new Google maps apps?

  • Gavin

    Does anyone have this on 4.0.3?

  • Niki Giada

    WORST UPGRADE EVER DID ON A APP! NO myplaces,no labs...is totally useless now!

  • Karlzbad

    Update blows. Just more google monetizing and breaking a working product. Where is navigate to contact?

  • Luis

    This is an AWFUL update with several great features removed (My Maps, measure lab, etc). I uninstalled the update, reverting to the old one.

  • Corwin1681

    Horrible update. Maps are now ruined. Completely unusable. Post a link for old APK please

  • cyrylthewolf

    It's PURE SHIT. Don't even bother with this new garbage version. It doesn't fucking work worth a shit.

    It's completely unstable. It can't maintain connections to the internet. It can't stay running on GPS more than a block or two away from the location where you set and start the route. It locks up.

    This is on a brand new Verizon S4.

    The old version was FINE. Time to look for the APK.

    FUCK this new version.

  • justinc333

    Horrible update. uninstalled and put 6.9.0 back on my phone. It actually works.

  • Alexandros Fereos

    What about Cyprus

  • wtfisthis

    LATEST VERSION SUCKS. NUFF SAID

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