12
Sep
maps

Earlier today, Google started slowly rolling out an update to Maps with version 7.2. This is a point release, up from 7.1, so I expected more than just minor changes. While not as big as the quiet Drive update yesterday, Maps 7.2 brings a few notable changes to the table that Google has not yet (or won't ever) itemized in the changelog. Upon getting my hands on the APK, which you can find at the bottom of this post, I hopped onto the teardown couch and dug in.

What's new?

Route preview and one-tap Start navigation button

One of the most notable changes is the Google Now-style route preview for the first of three possible navigation route cards.

We also get the Start navigation button that we've all gotten so used to in Now, which saves a whole tap. Hooray!

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Left: new Maps 7.2; Right: old Maps 7.1

Hotel rates (read: hotel ads)

Another big addition to Maps 7.2 is hotel rates. These manifest in several ways:

  1. You will see a new Book option in hotel listings with the lowest room rate and a list of booking sites that you can book from.
  2. Tapping Book will go to a screen where you can input your check-in and check-out dates as well as view the offers. Tapping on each offer simply launches the browser - there is no deep integration here.
  3. Hotel rates now also show up in those small cards you get when you search (see the last two screenshots below).

While seeing hotel rates right inside Maps is marginally useful, Google isn't trying to hide the fact that these are, in fact, ads. The company made sure to clearly display the Ad symbol in all relevant places of the app, which, I suppose, is a good thing.

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Left, middle-left, middle-right: new Maps 7.2; Right: old Maps 7.1

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Left: new Maps 7.2; Right: old Maps 7.1

Since this is a teardown, here are some hotel-related strings for you:

<string name="HOTEL_CHECK_IN">Check-in</string>
<string name="HOTEL_CHECK_OUT">Check-out</string>
<string name="HOTEL_CURRENCY_DISCLAIMER">Currency disclaimer</string>
<string name="HOTEL_INCLUSIVE_PRICE">%s including taxes &amp; fees</string>
<string name="HOTEL_MORE_PRICES">More booking options</string>
<string name="HOTEL_NO_AVAILABILITY">No known availability for these dates</string>
<string name="HOTEL_PLACE_BOOK_LINK_TITLE">Book %s</string>
<string name="HOTEL_PRICE_PER_NIGHT">Price per night</string>

A really annoying HTC Contacts -> Maps bug is finally fixed

Ever since Maps 7.0, a very annoying issue has been plaguing HTC owners. They would tap on a contact's address and:

  • with Maps 7.0, Maps wouldn't even be in the list of apps that can open it
  • with Maps 7.1, Maps would open, but it'd be completely blank (see below, on the right)

I'm happy to report that Maps 7.2 fixes this bug, and tapping on a contact's address now correctly opens it up. Here are some screenshots from an EVO LTE to prove it:

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Left: new Maps 7.2; Right: old Maps 7.1

Hours of operation displayed more prominently

Hours of operation have switched positions with the address and now appear in bold letters. It's a subtle change - one most of you would probably have never noticed - but it makes sense as the hours don't blend in with the address as much. I approve.

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Left: new Maps 7.2; Right: old Maps 7.1

Ratings now have names

The star ratings that Google suddenly really wants you to use now have names to better explain what exactly they're supposed to represent. As it turns out, the ratings are:

  1. Hated it.
  2. Disliked it.
  3. It's okay.
  4. Liked it.
  5. Loved it.

Who would have thought!?

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New permissions

Maps now requests a bunch of new permissions:

  1. ACTIVITY_RECOGNITION.
  2. READ_CONTACTS.
  3. WAKE_LOCK.
  4. C2DM's RECEIVE.

I haven't figured out how each of these is used yet, but if you do, please let me know.

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Touch icons

A ton of icons in the Search screen now have touch states. In Maps 7.2, they turn nice and blue when you touch them, whereas in 7.1 they remain gray.

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Reporting mapping issues is now strictly contextual

You can no longer report mapping issues from the Send feedback menu - such reporting has moved to being strictly contextual. See the new (left) and old (right) screenshots below. The Send feedback menu is now reserved for... sending app feedback.

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Left, middle: new Maps 7.2; Right: old Maps 7.1

goo.gl/maps urls

Maps 7.2 can now handle goo.gl/maps urls. The prompt you get after tapping on, say, http://goo.gl/maps/JtEC3 has Maps as one of the listed options:

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Nav header tweaks

The divider in the green and gray navigation headers has turned light from dark. The gradient is gone too (thank god):

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Left: new Maps 7.2; Right: old Maps 7.1

Miscellaneous

  • The Labs string is gone, so looks like Labs is not coming back. Sadface.jpg.
  • There's a new internal service called PrefetcherService, though I'm not exactly sure what it does differently from before. It's not exported, so it's only accessible to Google's own apps and nobody else.

Download

Note: While this APK will work fine, it may not be optimized for your device since Google generates multiple APKs for various screen sizes and densities. You can safely install it and later either wait for the next update directly from the Play Store, or simply uninstall updates and have the Play Store take care of the rest once the staged rollout is complete.

I recommend downloading the APK with the minimum Android version that is as close to your device's as possible.

Android 4.3+:

Android 4.2+:

Android 4.0+:

Thanks, Jonathan A and Liang Chi for the APK and Josh Brown for teardown help.

Artem Russakovskii
Artem is a die-hard Android fan, passionate tech blogger, obsessive-compulsive editor, bug hunting programmer, and the founder of Android Police.
Most of the time, you will find Artem either hacking away at code or thinking of the next 15 blog posts.

  • Mark

    Read contacts will probably read address info from contact cards to allow for faster address input for navigation.

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

      Bingo! Tested and confirmed.

      • Ramiro Fernandez

        Which shouldn't be possible unless maps had that permission...
        I would guess that previously maps used your Google contacts for address information, whereas with 7.2 they are using the phone's people instead. Which is a huge improvement in my view, since it's explicitly called out in the permissions that it's getting your contact data rather than sneakily doing it via the backdoor.
        You could test this I suppose by adding a phone contact (non google) and seeing if it shows up in 7.2 vs 7.1

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

          Good idea. Testing now.

          Edit: no dice. A local contact is not picked up by Maps 7.2. Maybe in the future?

          • Ramiro Fernandez

            I would guess so, makes sense to bundle up increased permissions in one hit even if the feature isn't ready.

            At least that explains how they could get the contact without having the permission in the first place, it was certainly surprising to see it as new since I use that feature all the time...

          • http://www.nclf.net/ Goldman60

            Mayhaps it has something to do with fixing the HTC bug?

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

            I could see that, if they couldn't fix it differently, sure.

    • James_C_L

      Great. More useless shit and no returning of key features

  • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/ron-amadeo/ Ron Amadeo

    But what about the heart icon?

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

      Looks like it shows up in this context:

      Dismiss
      Recommend Google Maps to others by leaving us a review in the Google Play Store!
      No, send feedback
      Enjoying Google Maps?
      Yes, rate it now!

      I don't know when exactly it shows up though, but it's probably just kind of hanging around there.

      • Jays2Kings

        Artem giving Ron a teardown? The world (read: site) really has changed.

  • jfn0802

    What about Public Transit Navigation...

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

      Not there for me, but reports have been mixed. Some said it never went away for them, some said it did. I don't know what Google is up to in that regard.

      • simpleblob

        It was gone for sure. Maybe people just confuse it with car navigation.

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

          You're probably right, but there were so many conflicting reports that David even removed it from our list of what's new in Maps 7. I am positive it's pretty dead though, but I hope it comes back.

          • Ben Enos

            I have 7.1 installed and I still have public transportation navigation on mine. I hope they keep it, I can see how it would be very useful to certain people and also useful when traveling to a new city.

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

            Are you sure it's navigation vs directions? http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2011/07/google-maps-57-for-android-introduces.html. There is a nav cursor that tells you where you are and notifications that tell you when to get off.

          • Ben Enos

            I see the step by step directions just like I could view them for driving. But I also see a route map with a cursor at my current location and it tells me where to grab the first bus on the list. Short of getting on th bus tomorrow and trying it out, I can only assume it will work the same wayas the navigation works for cars. It looks as if the cursor will start moving on the map once you get on the bus, and I can only assume that as you approach your stop it tells you that it's coming up.

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

            Can you throw up a screenshot please?

          • Ben Enos

            I never have any luck posting pics on here. But I just took several different screen shots and would be happy to email them to you or send them in a pm and you can post anything you find useful. Let me know what you would like please. I have shots of the map with the stops marked of the sstep by step directions, and a comparison to the driving directions. The only thing it won't let me do is to "start" my bus trip since the earliest bus isn't for another hour and a half from now (currently 430am here).

          • simpleblob

            Suggest you upload to http://www.imgur.com and share the link here.
            Artem might have a better way...

          • Ben Enos

            Good idea.. Here's my link: http://imgur.com/a/hyc4u
            Hopefully it worked OK, I added several pics onto an album.

          • pobautista

            That's directions, not navigation...

            Here is Transit Navigation and it disappeared after 6.14.4. http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2011/07/google-maps-57-for-android-introduces.html

          • simpleblob

            Ok Ben, after carefully reading your responses again, I think you were describing "directions" not "navigation".

            You should be able to press start anytime and see a navigation alert on the notification bar like so... (3rd pic from top)

            http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2011/07/google-maps-57-for-android-introduces.html

          • Ben Enos

            I don't know, I also have the cycling and walking directions as options and both of those have a start button attached to the direction list, but both of those start me at my exact present location, the bus directions start navigating at the bus stop at the given time for the scheduled bus. So maybe it won't have the start option until someone is at the bus stop at the scheduled time. It wouldn't make much sense to be able to press start when the bus won't arrive to pick you up for several hours. I'll have to investigate the bus option more today. Maybe I will try inputting a navigation request when I am near a bus stop that has a bus scheduled to arrive/depart. But I do have the startbutton showing for the cycling/walking/driving ooptions.

          • Frank Hart

            You mean this?

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

            That's not navigation, that's just directions. Navigation actually worked like this: http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2011/07/google-maps-57-for-android-introduces.html.

          • Gary Wilkinson

            It used to have live turn by turn navigation for buses. It followed the route on map with you, showing you each stop and then vibrated/made a sound when you needed to get off. It was really reassuring when you were going somewhere for the first time.

          • andy_o

            I wasn't even aware that that option was supposed to be gone in version 7. Here in 7.1 I still have the subway, bike and person walking icons when I tap in the navigation arrows in the search box. What do you guys get instead?

            Edit: I get what you're saying now re: directions vs navigation.

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

          I definitely can tell the difference between car and public transit nnavigation and mine never went away. I also have a bicycle route option.

          • simpleblob

            You mean when you search for [public transit] directions , you see a button to "Start Navigation" and once proceed it will remind you when to get on/off the bus? If so could I trouble you for a screenshot?

            This is the feature I would pay money for.

      • http://riteshtripathy.wordpress.com/ Ritesh

        Its gone proper, I can confirm.

  • http://riteshtripathy.wordpress.com/ Ritesh

    On Navigation - DAT FLAT...!!!!

  • andy_o

    The maps url is working here with maps 7.1 on the nexus 10.

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

      You mean http://goo.gl/maps? I tested on 7.1, and Maps wasn't part of the list.

      • andy_o

        Yeah I just tapped on the link in the article. Takes me to the Mazda museum. Just tried again in the n4, also with 7.1.0 (#701000823).

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

          Ah, well, durrr, not sure why I didn't think of this before. Before 7.2, the goo.gl shortcut first redirects in the browser, then pops up a dialog when the domain is maps.google.com. In 7.2, Maps takes care of it and never asks the browser to resolve it.

          So, if you see this link in Gmail, 7.1 will open a browser, then prompt again to open Maps. 7.2 will just open Maps.

          • glenn

            Wonder when they'll do the same for YouTube and remove the need for the browser first. Hopefully soon if they're getting around to it.

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

            You mean for youtu.be? It doesn't support that yet? Jeez.

  • Spasillium

    There's an update for Google Play Services out too, version 3.2.64 (814847-30)

    I don't know what's new so far but here it is in case you guys need it: http://www2.zippyshare.com/v/68273316/file.html

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

      Thanks but... I want to go to sleep and kick this cold's butt finally. Damn you!

    • jazzruby

      Google Play services no longer constantly running the background service 'Google analytics'

      Seems to have embedded some services in 'Google Services' e.g. 'NlpLocationReceiverService'

    • My name is….

      I have 3.2.64 (814847-36) so i guess either yours is old or they already updated it

    • mgamerz

      Please dear god fix the battery drain bug my poor Galaxy Nexus :(

  • trunkam

    It's unbelievable.. Hotel cards.. Various rubbish.. And?? My maps still missing.
    Cmon is a maps app what do I care that I have a new TV if I can't play my films.. or a new phone if I can't call my friends..

    The new app is nice but I keep on using the old one that to me is actually better

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

      They have different priorities from you, looks like. Like ads. Ads = $$$ = revenue.

      • trunkam

        Sure, and for this reason i keep on using old version and, believe me, in the last months i supported a lot of friends in rolling back..

        • james kendall

          same here I refuse to downgrade to the new version and will keep my old version as long as i can till they bring back some of the important things that they broke/removed in the new builds "my maps, measure, directions elevation, and most importantly an offline maps system that makes it easy to know exactly what is and is not cached."

          • sweenish

            Measure is already in.

    • Cory_S

      I don't see what is wrong with the hotel cards. They are presented in a way that if you see the ad it is very likely it could be convenient to have the ability to book right form it. It is very un-abrasive, and I support advertising in a way that isn't pushy, and sometimes even helpful.

    • Ryan Stewart

      No my maps and no latitude. The Google+ is not a real alternative. For starters I cannot initiate a navigation to a contact in Google+ like I could in Latitude.

    • Roger

      I agree with you, it is still missing key features like:

      -My maps is still gone;

      -Off line Maps is useless now, I can`t find any route that it is possible to cache for off line use ( even routes that is possible to be cached using Google maps version 6.X is not available to be cached on any version 7.X);

      -Also missing option to add the zoom in/out buttons. Without zoom in/out buttons is impossible to use Google Maps with only one hand, as you need one hand to hold the device and another one to pinch and zoom;

      I really like the new interface, but without those features described above Google Maps is useless for me.

      What is the purpose of having a beautiful interface but missing key features??

      Google advertised a lot about off line maps, but now It doesn't even work anymore.

      I am not sure that Google employees are aware that broad band mobile internet is not available for all users, and If you are planing to take a trip with a map it is not reasonable to assume that the user is going to have a Internet connection in the whole trip - looks like that google developers loosed their common sense.

      Google Maps version 7.X is a major downgrade and a big disappointment...

      • renegad3

        type: 'ok maps' (no quotes) to save for offline.

        one hand zoom is: double tap screen, on second tap hold finger on screen and swipe up/dn

  • wickets

    Thanks.... Get better soon!

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

      Thanks! I'm almost over it now. Never occurred to me that an 18-pound creature that's only 9 months old can knock out a grown man like that.

  • alfuen00

    Whatsapp locations was broken until now that works perfect, as used to be before 7.0 thankssss!

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

      Can you expand on what was broken please?

      • Gianni

        Tapping on the position link in WA always returned "no result for this location" (or something like that) making impossible to understand were he his.
        No it's fixed, thanks god.

        • Stanislav Gruzdov

          It was tied with the locale of Android. Some of them (like Spanish) didn't work.

      • alfuen00

        When someone sends a location in whatsapp and you clicked for open maps, maps tries to find the location as cordenates like "19.400359, -99.175057" and when 7.0 came out always throw you a message "can't find direction", it was a very annoying bug but now with 7.2 is working fine and smooth like it was before 7.0, the bug was not releated to whatsapp itself because all the searches as coordinates was broken at least for a lot of people i know.

  • Mauro

    Offline maps for Argentina still broken, fuck you Google Maps team, I'll stick with version 6.

    • Leonardo Baez

      acercate al área que quieras guardar y en la barra de busqueda tipea "ok maps" sin las comillas

    • http://regis.decamps.info/ Régis

      Have you tried to search "ok maps" on the zone you want to save in cache?

  • George Michaelson

    The ruler and two point distance measure from labs...

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

      The scale bar isn't new in this update.

      • George Michaelson

        Indeed. You taught us how to get it back in a prior apk unpack article I believe. But, its craptacular, unlike the old labs one it comes and goes ghostly as you move around, and 2point distance measure looks gone

  • gav

    Google have totally ruined what was a very good app. The best thing they can do is completely abandon this pile of crap and focus on improving on the old version. I have to use google maps every day and the new version has none of the features I rely on and is totally unusable.

    • Bleakvision

      I competely agree. As a cyclist I relied heavily on the measure tool and the elevation profile.The topography layer is also gone in desktop and mobile.

      This garbage is good for nothing other than Finding a location...

      • Magneira

        And I completely disagree, seems that every single person has diferent needs, I´m not a cyclist and these new maps, specialy the one-tap Start navigation button makes a world of diferenfe for me.

        • LeeJS

          That's a very selfish viewpoint, don't you think? No one is suggesting they not add new features that you might like, just that they don't remove existing ones that *they* already like.

          • Colin Kealty

            Everyone's viewpoint is a selfish one because they all want what they need, Magneira didn't use any of the features they removed, so to him it doesn't matter, but the new features are welcome. On the other hand, Bleakvision doesn't need the new features but used the ones they removed so he would have preferred they changed nothing.

          • Magneira

            Yes, I agree, most people think this new update was for the better, so if to your biking needs it was not, your viewpoint is selfish too.

            What I think is that google maps if for cars first, walking, cycling and public transporation are in second place and sometime they will fix that, and I agree that car navigation should come first.

          • LeeJS

            I think you miss my point. As an example, I don't use gmaps for bike riding but I certainly wouldn't want them to remove the features you use at the same time as adding ones that I might. These features do not have to be a zero sum game. I'd rather we both got what we want than one of us have to lose.

      • ck

        Have you tried my tracks jw

        • Bleakvision

          Oh thank you, trying out.

    • vgergo

      I agree too. Unfortunatelly most Google apps are on the decline. I wonder how much time until this will show up in the number of users. I few days ago I played around with an older android phone, which still had the previous versions of these apps. I was blown away how much more functional maps, goggles, music, or even the play store app used to be. (The only exception is maybe gmail and drive.) In the new play store app the huge cards are just space-wasters. We have to scroll so much more. It's crazy. And would not even go into the what a pile of mess they made of the online play store, there is no reason to use the site anymore. Google is degrading all the android apps and services at a very high pace! We should somehow pull the breaks!!!

      • http://regis.decamps.info/ Régis

        The play store has opened new areas (music, films, books). This doesn't sound like a regression to me.
        And you can still browse apps by categories, and find them by name. I'm not sure I understand what you miss there. Sure the presentation is not as dense as it used to be, but I can't find what feature might have been removed.

        • vgergo

          1. I cannot see what apps are installed on each of my devices
          2. It used to be nice to also see what I have purchased but have not installed on my devices
          3. i cannot anymore uninstall apps remotely, I have to do that on the device
          4. I cannot see which apps have updates available, that can only be seen on each of the devices
          5. cannot initiate updates from the web anymore, I have to initiate updates on each of my devices
          6. This is a big one: I cannot filter reviews by the number of stars given.
          7. the new layout is much more confusing, and wastes screen screen space.

          No new areas were added in most of the regions of the world. In my region only books became available, but it makes no sense for anyone to buy books on google to be able to read them only on phones or tablets. I buy my books on Amazon, and then I can read them on the Kindle, on Android and even IOS devices with Whispersync.

          So a lot of minus, and no plus for me. I am okay with progress, but in this case it's more taken then added.

    • Milind

      Totally agree. I used to be able to search and add a contact with all the information nicely filled out. Now I get a stupid star.

    • Itchy_Robot

      I agree. What I can not understand is how a mapping app would not allow you to save locations and organize them into groups ... ie "My Maps" in the older versions of the app. That is half of the reason for me to own a mapping app ... to access the Google maps I have created over the years for work, play, etc. They basically stripped all these useful features and left a pretty shell. Sure it is fine for people that just want to search for a simple location and navigate to it; but what about the large community that actually wants to save and organize all their previously saved Google maps? Apple maps and Nokia maps are starting to look like a nice alternative now =/

    • http://regis.decamps.info/ Régis

      Can you say what features you miss ?
      I was missing the "offline map" but the feature is still there without a UI (just search for "ok maps" on the region you want to cache)

  • cviniciusm

    In my opinion, Google has ruined its Maps products (Web and Android).

    • gargi

      Agreed, but ruined is a big word. I would say "seriously degraded" its Maps product :-/

      • JPB

        Oddly enough. Waze has become the better Google product for navigation.

  • http://planetmew.com/blog/ Christopher Glass

    The app still looks like it was designed for use while being held in portrait mode with a hand.
    They've completely destroyed the landscape-mode car-mount usage.

  • defaultt

    Maps updates are killing my Nexus S. Opening the app frequently crashes the phone. Maybe this is a sign an upgrade is needed!

  • foosion

    Is there any reason to prefer this to maps version 6? What can we do in this that we couldn't in 6?

    • vgergo

      Hang on to this, because version 8 will have even more features removed!

  • Rolf

    New Google Maps?
    ★ Hated it.

  • bob

    So now we are just waiting for
    1. Current road speed limit
    2. traffic on 3d view/speed camera POI's
    3. real POI's
    4. rerouting capable of avoiding parts of route
    ...
    99. preferred route for daily journeys
    100. find fuel/coffee/bathroom/etc... on my current route

  • Magneira

    That one-tap Start navigation button makes a world of diference, speacialy when you are driving and need to quickly make a new route

  • Pebbles Bayliss

    The bulk of functionality still missing, latitude for one so will give it a miss and stay on the old version that works.

  • ranova

    This is probably only a temporary solution, but I went back to Maps 6. Maps 7 just lost way too many features for me to enjoy (transit navigation, tapping on bus/subway stops, contact list to navigate to, etc)

    Download the latest, oldest APK: http://www.androiddrawer.com/9559/download-maps-6-14-3-app-apk/#.Ui8uE8asim4

    Uninstall Maps 7, install that APK, and if you're rooted, go into titanium backup and detach Maps from the market so you wont see any updates being available for Google Maps.

    If you want to go back even FURTHER, you can get back the awesome DOUBLE BUBBLE buttons: http://www.app-mobile.net/android-app/google-maps-6-7-0-android-apk.html

    Screenshot of the awesome removed double bubble lab feature: http://imgur.com/R5eWv5z

    • shonangreg

      I know google can be pig-headed, but still not adding back some of the features lost in going from 6 to 7 is ridiculous. If they don't fix this soon, then it is only going to make sense to stop using Google maps for creating and viewing our own maps and start using other mapping apps. And even if google does fix this, it might still be prudent to check out the alternatives.

      • james kendall

        the best alternative is osmand sure your at the mercy of the open street maps poi database but it's better then nothing.

    • br_hermon

      One of the biggest things I miss is "My Places" Whenever I went on a trip, I'd star all the places I wanted to go on a custom "places" map. Easy to get to and then I could just get rid of it when I was done. Now to do something similar is WAY drawn out. :(

    • Elislurry

      Is it possible to have both versions at the same time? I would like the old one for my places and transit navigation for when I am in the city but the new one for everything else.

      • ranova

        I'd like to know this too. But a quick google search yields a NO unless you have the source code to build a "light" and "full' version of it

    • Guest

      Here are download links to Maps 6.7, 6.9 and 6.10. http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1672033

    • pobautista

      6.14.4 is the latest, oldest apk, and is the latest that still works on devices running Android 4.0.2 and below.

  • rickneworleansla

    So the last big update strips a bunch of useful features and this update adds advertising. What is going on with maps? Are they not checking the reviews? Whoevere is making these changes needs to go. I'll stick with version 6. Thanks Google.

  • BillygotTalent

    This looks great.

  • Itchy_Robot

    Still no 'My maps'?!!
    Google is starting to stuck.

    • Itchy_Anonymous

      See my name ! *..* BLUSH !!! :P

  • John

    Maps 7.2 can now handle goo.gl/maps URLs

    F'in finally.

  • Leonardo Farage Freitas

    Finally they selected the "PREVENT PHONE FROM SLEEPING", it was annoying having to touch the screen so I wouldn't lose my position whenever the phone would sleep

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

      I don't get that one though. I tested 7.1 and 7.2, and they both stayed on when the navigation was on and both turned off when just Maps was on. When is the wakelock used now? Is it so that the OS doesn't kill Navigation when the screen is off? I've never had that happen. I'm baffled.

  • Anonymus

    I up-voted everyone's comment !!! :) Coz I couldn't down-vote without logging in !!! :P LOL

  • MooseCat

    Unfortunately, until "My Maps" comes back, I'll be sticking with v6. That one little feature is invaluable when going on trips and is a total deal breaker for me.

  • bearballz

    Until Google brings the map feature back, I'm keeping all the updates uninstalled. Still don't know why they did that.

    • j¤n Gårrëtt [5,000+]

      they dumbed it down like the iOS version.

  • CuriousCursor

    Still can't click stops in the route to go to them on the map. Come on Maps team!

  • mgamerz

    The new maps app seemed like change for the sake of change.

  • http://twitter.com/geoff5093 Geoff Johnson

    What about terrain maps!

  • Jarvis

    no alternate routes yet?....c'mon why take this feature out....

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

      Yeah, it was moved to the route planning stage. Plus it's now supposed to auto-reroute for traffic. I still miss it too though.

  • Jarvis

    1st thing im doing when i get the Nexus 5 is uninstalling Maps and installing version 6 which i have on my S2.

  • Leonardo Baez

    well "officialy" my s3 was stuck on 6.14maps, but now it was one of the fisrt unit to update to 7.2 yesterday 3pm (-6 utc)

  • Scott Breitbach

    Somehow I expected something geekier than a Michelob Ultra.

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

      I like light beer.

  • Gary Wilkinson

    I was really upset yesterday when I tried to use Transit Navigation to help me get somewhere and it wasn't there.

    • http://regis.decamps.info/ Régis

      There is transit directions, and I think it is good enough for me, but I understand why you might be disappointed by not having public transport in navigation anymore.

  • blast0id

    what's with the jumpy glitchy screen... maps has been horrible ever since the 7.x updates... seriously, absolute crap!

  • j¤n Gårrëtt [5,000+]

    I shall NOT budge from v6.14.2 until they put back all the things I liked and that were very useful to me.

    I hate how Google gave us the dumbed down version that iOS users get. as much as I hate apple, they would NEVER do that.

  • Régis St-Gelais

    Make available offline is no longer there

  • Paul

    I thought I was alone in that I kept using Titanium backup to restore v6.14 of Google Maps...thanks everyone for showing me that I'm not crazy...new Google maps 7.x is a downgrade, not an upgrade. My biggest hair puller was the new Navigation which I use in rental cars a lot when I travel....I literally had to pull over and downgrade to 6.14 one time.

  • Shava Nerad

    In the light of this week's stories about Google's buddies, the NSA, harvesting contacts and address books, that contact list permission on a GPS program creeps me out.