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Google is bumping Maps up to v8.0 today, and as would befit such a big jump in version numbers, there's a lot going on. In positively un-Googley fashion, the app already has a changelog on the Play Store. So, we've got a pretty good idea what's new this time.

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What's New

Before we dig in, here's what's new in v8.0. Items in italics are not on Play Store list.

  • Turn-by-turn navigation now displays distance, arrival time, and quick access to alternate routes
  • Save and manage offline maps in a custom list for when you're traveling or have a slow connection
  • Transit results now display total walking time of your trip and the next scheduled bus or train
  • Sign in to see your “Places to review” list from recently saved or searched-for places
  • If you have the Uber app installed, open it right from Google Maps when comparing route options
  • Bug fixes
  • Lane guidance in navigation mode (US and parts of Canada/Japan)
  • Adjust and name offline maps before saving
  • Search filters (price rating, open, from circles)

The Navigation app gets a slight UI tweak this time that brings it more in line with Google's new aesthetic. Navigation also includes easier access to alternative routes and other relevant data about your trip. For some reason, Google didn't include lane assistance in the changelog, but it's right there in the screenshots. We spotted the seeds of this feature in a teardown of v6.14.3.

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Google made offline maps a little harder to manage in the big UI shift a while back, but this update returns that control. When you do have a connection, the Uber app (if you have it installed) will be an option in route comparisons, which is neat. We're still poking around with the new version, and will update if we find anything else.

Uber Local Search Filters Transit Directions

Download

The APK is signed by Google and upgrades your existing app. The cryptographic signature guarantees that the file is safe to install and was not tampered with in any way. Rather than wait for Google to push this download to your devices, which can take days, download and install it just like any other APK.

File name: com.google.android.apps.maps-8.0.0-800001324_API18.apk.

Version: 8.0.0-800001324 (Android 4.3+). We're looking for builds for older API versions.

MD5: 8b066bf89b3bde84ce20a372a7c5c713.

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Update: APK for Android 4.2, APK for 4.0

[Maps Blog – Thanks, Derek Traini]

Ryan Whitwam
Ryan is a tech/science writer, skeptic, lover of all things electronic, and Android fan. In his spare time he reads golden-age sci-fi and sleeps, but rarely at the same time. His wife tolerates him as few would.

He's the author of a sci-fi novel called The Crooked City, which is available on Amazon and Google Play. http://goo.gl/WQIXBM

  • http://www.facebook.com/dominicmondello Dominic Mondello

    Good job Google! Thanks

  • Daniel Antón García

    Awesome!

  • Jivester

    tear down!!!!!

  • Abraham

    Lane guidance is just about the last feature Google Maps needed.
    Awesome update!

    • Daldain

      Speed limits would be another useful upgrade.

      • Abraham

        Here is Los Angeles speed limits are worthless.
        Either I am stuck in a parking lot (AKA freeway) or people are speeding out of their minds, to escape from the traffic.

        But yes, that would be a nice addition.

    • Paul_Werner

      Adding back the public transit navigation (turn by turn) that they had before the redesign would be nice too

      • simon

        Yep totally agree with the turn by turn for public transportation...that was the best feature...I could plan a trip on public transport for somewhere I had never been and maps would tell me exactly the right time to get off the bus, this was so awesome, but for some logic they decided to remove this feature?! Please bring this very efficient and practical feature back!

    • Alex Askerman

      Having the ability to add gas stations or restaurants that are along your current route to the trip would be nice.

  • Ben Said

    So I can use turn by turn navigation in Uganda but not in a EU country such as Malta. What a joke.

    • balognasandwich

      Uganda: almost 36 million people
      Malta: less than 500,000

      • Ben Said

        And how many of those 36 million have access to mobile data and a smartphone?

        • pfmiller

          About 10%, which is still far more people than the population of Malta.

  • Justin Foster

    How exactly do we manage our offline maps? Because I saved two maps, but I can't find how to access them.

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

      Click the little person icon on the top right, then go to the very bottom.

      http://i.imgur.com/ZeGIbgh.png

      • Schokofrosch

        I like the term "head thingy" more than "person" :D btw: offline maps ftw.... :)))))

      • Justin Foster

        Thanks man!!

    • Taco Monster

      Click on the little head thingy next to the search bar.

  • Iurie

    It tells me there was a problem parsing the package

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

      What OS version?

      • Iurie

        4.2.2

        • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

          "Version: 8.0.0-800001324 (Android 4.3+).We're looking for builds for older API versions."

          • Iurie

            Ok thanks

        • Jon

          maybe 4.2.2 users wont be able to get this? im on 4.2.2 LG G2 and same error.

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

            They will, of course. We just need someone to post the APK.

      • Guest

        I'm getting the same error, on 4.2.2

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

          That's because the APK we have is only for 4.3+.

          • siddude11

            I hope I helped you by calling AndroidPolice to help you with your Windows issue. (: I love this community.

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

          APK for 4.2+ posted now.

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

      Try the new APK for 4.2+.

  • deltatux

    Still need offline navigation. Why can't Google get this working?

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

      Probably because it's very hard.

      • deltatux

        HERE Maps and other mapping services like ALK's CoPilot has offline navigation, I still don't know why Google hasn't worked on it. Not everyone has data access when travelling (there's dead spots between cities).

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

          Probably for the same reason they insist we don't need SD cards - streaming from the cloud > offline access (which I find to be BS at this time, maybe in 5-10 years, don't shoot the messenger).

          • Peter Fabian

            Until I get free data roaming at least within EU...

            I don't need navigation when I am home. I need navigation when I am out of the country. I get that that is not something Google people in Bay area would think of very often, but I am only about 15-20 miles from the closest border now... no further than 200 miles from 3 countries. And I do travel there from time to time.

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

            Let alone remote areas with no data signal at all.

        • Justin Foster

          What's crazy is that I didn't even know there were already apps that have offline navigation.. Installing some to test now.

        • jscofi

          offline navigation uses up alot of hard drive space

  • dal

    Does anyone think we might get Android 4.4.3 tomorrow or Thursday?

    Wishful thinking here :)

    • pharmacy

      Really hoping too.

    • siddude11

      Guys i just got the update, the trick is long press Check Now update button for 3 months. :)

      • KingofPing

        I tried to make a funny. I failed.

        --Nothing to see here--

      • cellabonez

        well done you deserve joke of the day award , android police t shirt as well

    • Chris

      Why what's new?

  • http://www.youtube.com/crisr82 Kristian Ivanov

    I'll go ahead and assume Offline Maps still don't work for Spain

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

      Unfortunately, and for whatever reason, you're right.

      • http://www.youtube.com/crisr82 Kristian Ivanov

        Oh well, guess I'm sticking with Sygic for a few more months

  • archercc

    "Lane guidance." They must have had Atlanta in mind when they developed that. "Turn left in 1000 feet. Now this lane is going to go away and they will add a right lane. Dont fall for it, that right lane only goes 1000ft for some reason and disappears unexpectedly. Turn right on whichever Peachtree Rd you see first."

    • RSA

      I would say - keeping Newyork/ New Jersey in mind :)

      • archercc

        Maybe the councils hired the same meth fueled chimpanzees to design the roads.

        • someone755

          The same ones that build the roads in Slovenia?
          Holes everywhere in the roads, practically the whole country is a worksite, half the projects won't ever get finished etc.

          • archercc

            Oh our roads are just as poorly constructed all over the US. I was more talking about the logic (or sheer lack thereof) regarding the design of the road. I'm not an expert but I have time to look at the shape when I am stuck in traffic and constantly find myself thinking "Who thought this would be a good idea?"

          • someone755

            That I ask myself every day. Also some retards thought of how the traffic lights should work. Instead of a "green wave" all we get here are "red waves" lol.
            Basically, you're much better off than us xD

          • QBRT55

            Texas had some awesome highways.

          • Christian T

            never seen the roads in italy? :D slovenian roads are a dream here :D

          • someone755

            Actually I've been to Italy several times (like less than 3 hours and I'm there lel) and the roads there are heaven compared to this.
            Seriously, how can you enjoy our roads? xD

          • Christian T

            probably i took a highway ^^ but was really nice :) maybe outside are bad :P (usually I've been there to go in croatia) :)

    • z32589

      Haha! This is MORE than true! When I first moved to the ATL I almost drove off an unfinished traffic overpass by accident! Thanks 2005-era GPS :-)

  • Spasillium

    But it's not even Wednesday! FAKE!!! /s

    • remister

      It is Wednesday in Australia and I will accept that.

      • emma852

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        new red Chrysler 200 Sedan only from working part time off a home pc... find
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    • Wilberth Barrantes

      Obviously is a fake (sarcasm)

      • frafri

        Argentinas sin mapas sin conexion ..xDD

        • Fernando Coletta

          No offline maps in Argentina!

  • Js__

    Fuck yeah, just in time for a road trip! Thanks for the download AP!

  • pyroguysf

    Does it finally keep distance to next turn in one place? I really hate how it'll be in the top right corner when it's far away, but then it'll move to the top left corner when you start to get close to your turn.

  • sani

    Could this big jump in Maps version number mean we won't see big Gapps updates next month during Google I/O?

  • archercc

    Is clearing data still the only way to nix offline maps?

    • renegad3

      no, go to the offline map manager, and rename, update, or delete to your hearts content

      • archercc

        Thanks, I finally discovered it. Since i didnt have any saved maps (think I reset the phone since or something) it didnt give the option until I saved a new one.

  • usaff22

    We have lanes in the UK too!

    • KingofPing

      ...but they're on the wrong side. :p

  • Zemelett

    Hmmm .. I seem to be having difficulty installing the apk. OS version 4.4.2

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

      That's odd. Can you dig into the logcat to see the exact reason?

      • Alko Pone

        Same problem on N5 with latest CM Version
        ***edit*** just tried it a second time. Now it works

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

          Odd, just installed it OK on CM nightly on my Galaxy Nexus.

          • SickoPsycho

            Artem still uses a Gnex? Even as a test phone? Awesome. Maybe I'll hang onto mine for a bit longer (even if it is my primary phone). =)

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

            I keep the active Nexuses stock for official updates, so the good old abandoned Gnex was the perfect candidate for a custom ROM that auto-flashes nightlies... well nightly.

      • zemelett

        I'm not sure how to do that (clearly not advanced user here). Is this a rooted functionality?

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

          You need root if you want to look at it on your phone directly, but you don't if you hook it up to your computer. Just Google it around or use this random guide I just found http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2303834.

          • zemelett

            *In best tech support bored, distracted voice*
            "Is the phone on?" ... Um yes
            "Have you tried rebooting" ... Uh well I don't expect that would make any difference so no.
            "Can you please try that and tell me when the phone has rebooted" ... Um yeah ... .... .... .... D@nm it, that worked, thanks bye.

    • detecti1914

      That's because the new version has different signature.

    • Yosef Elgart

      instals ok (new / all) on note 3 n9005 with x-note 14 rom and civz kernel

  • Bence Zagyi

    For android 4.2 ?????

  • usaff22

    Still no transparent nav and status bars :(

    • Crispin Swickard

      That or immersive Mode. The translucent might be a better route for this though.

      • Waleed Al Suwaimel

        I doubt they're going to enable immersive mode in Maps, not in navigation at least. It's a very touchy issue for companies (Safety and stuff) and immersive adds more screen interactions.

  • http://plus.ly/zsolt prwnd

    Still no transparent nav. buttons or immersive mode :/

  • cmbeid

    Lane Guidance - I dont see any screenshots of this, nor can I figure out how/what it does in the app...

    • CoreRooted

      Lane guidance only works during navigation. It tells you what lane you should be in for upcoming turns and/or navigation steps.

    • br_hermon

      It took me a second to see it but I'm fairly certain it's in the first screen shot, In the upper left hand corner. There's 4 lanes. The green highlighted on is the one they're recommending. I haven't tried navigation yet but this has to be it.

      • cmbeid

        Good eyes. I totally missed that. Thanks.

  • KennyMHernandez

    So I can use turn by turn navigation in Uganda but not in a EU country such as Malta. What a joke. http://num.to/234485387446

  • http://tonybullard.com/ Tony Bullard

    First sentence: "and as would befit such a bit jump in version numbers, there's a lot going on."

    "bit" should be "big"

    #corrections

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

      Looks like it's fixed, thanks.

  • TheDrunkenClam

    When making a long trip which goes through areas that likely won't have service of any sort, how does one save the route/map for offline use?
    Do I really have to zoom in on each individual area and type "OK maps" ???

    • CoreRooted

      No. If you long press on the map and swipe up, a "Save map for offline use" should be at the bottom of the card.

      • http://www.google.com/profiles/moneta.mace Mace Moneta

        Still get the "Area too large" message, and have to play with the zoom, then save individual maps along the expected path manually. It's a royal pain in the ass to use offline.

        • Itchy_Robot

          And it only allows for a small area ... like small city size. I really with they would just suck it up and let us download entire states.

          • archercc

            I wish but "small city" is a bit of a stretch. I could get the entire ring-road of Atlanta in it.

    • kashtrey

      Well it will cache your route, but where you run into problems is if you miss a turn or something in a dead zone, it wont have a connection to reroute you .

  • turdbogls

    Nice update....would love so see transparent bars though. I used tasker to trigger immersive mode and it was pretty aweome, but transparencies would be great as well.

    • br_hermon

      How do you use Tasker to accomplish immerse mode?

      • turdbogls

        tasker, secure settings, and a compatable ROM(or possibly an Xposed module to trigger immersive mode).
        I set a bunch of apps (mostly games) as the trigger
        then use secure settings to trigger the ROM's immersive mode.

        works on some ROM's, but not on others. not sure what the difference is, but something like Purity worked, but I believe C-ROM didn't.

        • br_hermon

          k. Thanks Turdbogls! So you're just using tasker to engage a ROM feature or Xposed module. Personally, I run stock rather than a ROM at this point. I'm pretty sure there's an Xposed module that could be used with this.

          • turdbogls

            exactly.

  • Henrique Persechini

    so, they are leaving the host cities of the world cup and the next olympic games without offline maps support (a support that we had and was striped from maps version 7.0) still for what reason again?

    • Jonathan McHatton

      "Google made offline maps a little harder to manage in the big UI shift a while back, but this update returns that control."

      • Henrique Persechini

        That's not what I'm mentioning, Rio for some reason had offline maps support in google maps 6, and from 7 onward trying to download the area map just displays a "area unavailable" warning, I can download maps for supported areas just fine

        • Alex Askerman

          Maybe theres some local law preventing them from allowing offline maps?

          • Peter Fabian

            It used to be that it wouldn't allow you to download your own country, but would work over the border - that is at least my experience

          • Henrique Persechini

            Not any that I've managed to find, and if this was the case, wouldn't it also prevent other maps providers like garmin, nokia/microsoft or open street maps to offer offline navigation? The fact that the supported countries list has 211 territories and doesn't include Brasil is very, very odd

  • Taylor00

    Me gusta.

  • bob

    Still no way to share Google Maps directions?!?

  • SVem26

    It pains me that iOS gets better google apps everytime..

    • br_hermon

      So.... what are you referring to? I don't see anything in your screenshots.

      • SVem26

        Ok.. I'm sorry.. I didn't choose the right shots.. check out Play music for example..

        • CoreRooted

          Let's see... the menu system on iOS in GPM SUCKS (I have it on my 5S). It constantly has to be force closed as streaming just stops (or worse, files only download halfway). The lack of a true back button makes navigation nearly unusable. The ONLY Google app that I would say is slightly better on iOS is Hangouts and that is only for the extra features that it has.

          • SVem26

            I prefer android over iOS too.. but we need to agree that google apps are generally better on iOS especially tablet apps.. Here is the same Google music shot on my nexus 7.. such a waste of space..

          • CoreRooted

            Yeah, the design paradigm on Android is kinda odd. I get wanting to draw attention to a single area, but that's a bit overboard. LOL

      • kashtrey

        The only thing I can think of that he's trying to show is that the iOS version has a transparent status bar. Personally, I think the lack of transparent nav and immersive mode is a conscience choice on Google's part. While navigating, I rather have quick access to onscreen buttons (so I can accomplish a change in app with one less motion and a few less seconds with a hand off the wheel) and be able to quickly glance at the status bar icons for missed notifications.

    • Arthur Dent

      Uh, right. What's so spectacular?

  • Taylor

    They also added screen dimming between turns. Or at least this is the first time I've seen it.

    • Adi

      Yup, it was here already.

    • Indianajonze

      it was there, but it was ridiculously hit or miss. it showed up maybe 1-2 times out of 10. hope they fixed this in this version...

    • pfmiller

      There was an option to turn that on before, it asked me a long time ago if I wanted it to do that. Annoyingly though, there was no way to disable the setting after it had been enabled.

      Also, that option was in the old Maps too.

    • NedDasty

      Yup. I missed it and couldn't find it anywhere in the settings.

    • tlingitsoldier

      Sweet, good find! I've been wanting this forever. Next step that I would love to see is turning the screen off and on for stretches of road 5-10 miles or more. Will probably never happen, but one can dream...

      Also, you'd think this would be in the settings so that you don't have to mess with your phone while driving to activate it.

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

      That's not new, it just appears when your battery is lower I think, or your trip is long. Or something like that.

  • kriegaffe

    When i try to launch downloaded apk i get error "There was a problem parsing the package". Download is complete, tried from second mirror and Unknown source option is on. Any help?

    Uninstalling previous version of Maps and rebooting did not work.

    • CoreRooted

      The attached apk is only for Android version 4.3+.

      • kriegaffe

        Oh, that's a shame. Thanks for the reply.

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

          4.2+ version is up now, if you're on 4.2+.

      • fabulosospucas

        Had the same error over here, on a 4.2.2 Moto. Downloaded it again fro Mega and it worked fine.

  • Guest

    Anyone got a screenshot of the lane guidance?

    • CoreRooted

      The first screenshot above is the lane guidance.

  • joser116

    The updates to the Navigation are really nice!

  • Gus70

    I don't know why Google hasn't yet added a speed indicator. Sure you can look at your speedo but there are situations when that is not possible like when on a bus or a train. I use a separate speedo app but I'd like to see Google just add it onto Maps.

    • BiggiePhat

      because I'm concerned with my speed when I'm not even operating the mode of transportation I'm currently in...

      • Gus70

        Lack of curiosity is a sign of lesser intelligence. Regardless you are trolling and deserve the comeback.

    • Crispin Swickard

      They just recently added it to Waze, so you never know. It would be even better however if it also included the posted limit like on a Tomtom. (not sure if others do that currently)

  • Guest

    I can confirm that local search works dramatically better now. When you search for a business, the results now appear in the map area that you were looking at, instead of zooming in on the top result and taking you in a random area (like it did before). Swiping between local results is also better, since the map stays in one place.

    Google says lane guidance works in Canada on highways only, but it seems to work on major roads as well (Montreal works fine) - so at least for the big cities, Canadians have full lane guidance support everywhere!

    Also noticed a new UI for picking a departure/arrival time for transit directions. Is this new?

    Other screenshots for results filter and offline map shortcut shown below.

  • DirkBelig

    Man, where was this a month ago when I was in downtown Pittsburgh where the signs were obscured by the bridgework and I ended up going a mile out of my way because I didn't know which lane to be in?

  • Rolf

    Still can't use the navigation tool without entering a destination. :(

  • andy_o

    Now we can all pretend that version 7 never happened, thanks!

  • RadarJammer

    I sent you guys a Maps APK for Jelly Bean on http://dbinbox.com/aaaaaaaaaaaa, but the "send" button for my accompanying text mesage doesn't work on chrome.
    I received Maps 800001302 from the Play Store on my RAZR i running 4.1.2.

    • aaron cooper

      I have Maps 8.0.0, #800001323 just download to my Nexus 4.... But the article has 1324 for installing... Well, one more install today won't hurt....

    • Peter Fabian

      Could you upload somwhere? I want to install this for my dad as he is leaving the country tomorrow and could use maps. He is on 4.1.2 as well.

  • Guest

    Finally! You can now ask Google Search 'traffic in' a given area, tap the map, then Google Maps will open that map with the traffic layer enabled (and no error message like before).

    • Android Developer

      what is the part with the "filter result" about?
      is it about fuel? or restaurant perhaps?

  • collinpage

    So i have no issues saving maps for Offline but where's the option to manage them??

    • renegad3

      Click the head in the search box

      • collinpage

        Oooh thank you

    • bob

      Yikes!

  • Chris G

    Updated for search and cloud print.. Update Wednesday on a Tuesday. Guessing those two are minor updates.

  • Schrej

    Did GMaps, when in turn-by-turn navigation, overlay the lockscreen before? I always liked that feature on the iphone as it can save power... i don't know if the screen will turn on if there is a turn ahead but that would be cool as well...

    • pfmiller

      I'm not sure what you mean by overlaying the lockscreen, but navigation has always been accessible without unlocking your phone.

  • tlingitsoldier

    So now we can launch Google Earth, as well as Uber directly from the Maps app, but they still haven't figured out a way to link Locations into Maps? I'm still required to open Google+ to see where a friend is, even if I'm already in Maps? Among the stupidest decisions made by Google...

  • geeq

    does anyone have this wierd issue with the maps that water is not displayed properly and it's all over the landscape when zooming out? it's been like this forever for me, stock 4.4.2 nexus 4

    • WarRaven

      Only when I changed my DPI on my N4 an N5.

      • geeq

        yeah, i changed it but then i changed it back already weeks ago... let's see

        • Jared

          Try clearing Maps app data.

          • geeq

            this and wiping cache and dalvik did help. the original problem was the dpi as you said. i tried to set it back and reset it afterwards just to verify the issue and it did work.

    • Android Developer

      That's not the new way the water is shown on the real world?
      That's how IOS shows it too, no? So 2 apps show it, then maybe it's really this way...
      :)

      • flosserelli

        If Apple does it that way, then that must be right right way. /s

    • Rod

      You're not stock....

      • geeq

        thanks, but i am :)

  • Andrzej Głuszak

    I miss the good old distance measure tool, used it a lot while riding bike in forest with no gps navigation :( does anyone know a good replacement? Also, GOOGLE, STOP BEING A CORPO AND GIVE US BACK GOOGLE LABS

    • james kendall

      I switched to using OsmAnd a while back. sure the map data is not always the best given it uses the OSM map data but the app is very powerful and even lets you capture gpx route's etc. I have since created an account on http://www.openstreetmap.org to help improve map data in my area. arguably the one thing that is still lacking in most states is address numbers as most people have not bothered entering addresses. I still keep an old copy of the Google maps installed as well just encase i need to compare to a Google offline map. On a hole though I'm finding I'm using Google less and less and OsmAnd more and more.

      • Albin

        Have a look at the 1.7.x updates to OsmAnd - I've just started with it in Canada and street number "ranges" are available, as are street intersections. (Apparently older maps have to be replaced for the new app version.)

        Google maps is just too fat for my older phone. I've uninstalled all the updates and have been surprised at how well old version 6.0 works at 1.5mb of data. Permits downloaded maps as well.

        • james kendall

          I have build 1.7.5 the trouble is the map data in my area is missing a lot of address numbers making finding stuff a bit of a hassle at times but I love using it anyway. as the street network is for the most park very good and if the location i need to go to is near an interchange i just say forget the number and get direction to the interchange. I have also been known to set a lat long point at the exact spot i need to go and get turn by turn navigation to that gpx waypoint. I find I use osmand the most when im navigating on foot. I love how it has a lot of the local hiking trails and im constantly using the gpx logger to log my hikes and add new trails to the osm.

        • james kendall

          yea the 6.x series of Google maps are great. I'm still running 6.14.4

  • Pratik Holla

    Next stop: Speed limits for roads. Just buy the data off Garmin and implement it.

  • Your Mother

    2 features that I liked most are still missing.

    Google, please bring back peg man and the old street view. And bring back the highlighted border for zip code, neighborhood and city searches--crucial feature here in NYC.

  • YETI

    Can someone please tell me how you access the offline maps management screen as seen in screenshot 6?

    • Denis

      click on the profile icon next to the search bar on the main screen, scroll down.

  • Raymond Berger

    I still can't figure out how to save maps for offline use.

    • Denis

      see my reply to YETI

  • Nancho Urón

    I've just got it for Android 4.2.2.

  • Alexandre Garcia

    Really nice!

  • http://www.ronakg.com/ Ronak Gandhi

    Best thing about this update is not only lane guidance on scree, but voice too.

    "Use 2 right lanes to turn right on to Tasman Drive."

    Very useful.

  • BruinGuy

    When will Google add Points of Interest along route? That's something that Garmin has had for over a decade. I want to search for restaurants or gas stations that are in front of me on my route within a half mile of my route. Period. When?

    • mgfjd12

      Since google remove those capabilities a while back, google maps suck. You couldn't add , but it was a lot easier to find stuff along the route.

      • Cerberus_tm

        Wait, Maps used to have this? Do you know in which version it had this, and how it worked?

        • mgfjd12

          Version 6. While you were driving you could search for restaurants and it will show how far they were and direction. List and Map. Google had another app called Local. They worked together so well. I didn't have to use Yelp at all.

          • Cerberus_tm

            Oh, good to know! I'm still using 6.14.4, so then I should have this, will try it out!

    • Clifford Rebelo

      I was just to post a comment about this same thing but just saw this. The other day I was on the way to my destination and realized I needed gas. I had to pull over, end my nav, find the closest gas station, gas up, then restart navigation to my first destination again. There's got to be an easier way!

  • Viper

    Still no offline navigation, screw you Google i'm goin back to Navigon.

  • ithehappy

    And here I thought I finally would see offline navigation. Hmm :|

  • RadarJammer

    Update Tuesday :-) new Hangouts, Maps, Search , Cloud Print and Youtube updates today

  • QBRT55

    Now how about they actually update their f*ing satellite maps?!

    The only reason people even started to LIKE google maps was because they did such a good job stitching sat. maps together a decade ago. Well, here we are a decade later, with the SAME F*ING SAT MAPS. I live in a 40 story building built 8 years ago that STILL isn't shown on the satellite overview, and I drive on a roundabout that is right in the middle of a residential house as they seem to indicate on the map.

    They've completely ignored the reason they were popular. Why bother with Google Earth or the sat map option if they are too stupid to bother updating them?!

    • pfmiller

      They *do* update the satellite imagery continuously, but the frequency of updates is not the same for every location. Where I'm located the imagery looks to be about a year or two old only.

      • QBRT55

        They focus just on a handful of cities, and just about ignore anywhere other than the USA

    • JLishere

      Try Google's 'Follow Your World'. You can specify your location, and you'll get an email notification as soon as Google updates aerial imagery in Maps/Earth. https://followyourworld.appspot.com/

  • Martin Cohen

    Where is "Save as contact"? If not there, still sucky.

    • Android Developer

      you mean save the address to a specific contact?

      • Martin Cohen

        No. In Maps 6, when you get a web site from a Maps search, one of the options from the menu is "Add as a contact". I find this incredibly useful, and is one of the reasons that I keep my Galaxy Nexus and never downgrade Maps to a later version. If I had know that installing Android 4.3 on my Note 3 precluded having Maps 6, I might not have done it.

        Because of this (and other the usable "My maps" feature and the much more usable navigation), I rate the current Maps as one star, and will continue to do this until these usability features are restored.

        • Android Developer

          Oh, so you choose a specific point on the map, and can choose to save this exact location to a new contact?

          • Martin Cohen

            No. First, get a phone or tablet with Maps 6 with NO updates. It has to be Android 4.2, because 4.3 installs Maps 7 with no possibility of upgrading to Maps 6.

            Then, search for a business such as Best Buy. When one is found, press on the box above the pointer symbol. You will get a screen showing the location and icons for Map, Directions, and Call.

            Press on the 3-dot menu item on the upper right corner. You will get "Street View", "Share", "Add as a contact", and "Report a problem". Press "Add as a contact". This will create a contact with the information about the place. Press "Done" in the upper lest corner and the contact will be created. This contact can then be used to locate the business from Contacts rather than Maps.

            THIS is what I find extremely useful and want restored to Maps. Without it, there is no easy way to create a contact for a business or other establishment located by Maps.

            Two other features that Maps 6 has that were eliminated in 7 and 8 are a usable offline maps (the version in Maps 8 is pathetic garbage) and much more usable navigation.

            If you search for complaints about Maps 7 and 8, you will find that many others have the same complaints as I do.

            Please restore these features, especially "Add as a contact".

          • Android Developer

            Sounds pretty useful.
            Wonder why they removed it.
            Why do you write "please restore..." ? Just because I develop Android apps, doesn't mean I work for Google...
            :)

          • Martin Cohen

            I somehow got the impression from your comments that you were influential. Too bad. You do seem friendly.

          • Android Developer

            If you wish, you can write about the bugs/issues/suggestions on google groups.
            However, I have no idea which is intended for Google maps, or even Google apps in general.

  • MrLockOut

    Am I the only one that thinks bringing back alternate routes is the single most important thing here??? (And taking it away in the first place was a crime against humanity!!)

    • JLishere

      It looks like alternate routes and traffic are actually overlaid on the map *while* you're navigating, so you no longer need to exit navigation in order to see this! And the little box that says "X minutes slower"... it's clickable, and you can switch routes just by tapping it!

  • Android Monster

    For people still missing the contacts search feature (click contact to navigate) please checkout the below app:
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.mynavigationguide

    A small attempt by me and my friend to bring back the feature :)

  • acer1096xxx

    Probably a stupid question but does bad signal disable google map navigation? I just started using Google maps on my phone as a way to navigate while driving, but a fear of mine is if i have low signal or I'm in a dead zone, I'll have no idea where to go. Is this an actual issue?

    • Allen Cross

      Basically, yes...prolonged signal loss presents a problem. That's why many users still swear by other map/nav solutions -- like, say, Nokia's Here -- which allow for both downloadable map units and live navigation from that downloaded info.
      .

  • Terry Hau

    Still locked to 15fps. Panning and zooming is very unsmooth.

  • Vhoagie

    Why am I not able to install this? I try to install and it tells me I have the current version. Ummm, no. I don't. Wtf?? :-(

  • Markoff

    is there a way to force Maps ALWAYS display scale of the map? I find it extremnely annoying to have to zoom/unzoom to know actual scale of map since there is as well no measureing tool/ruler
    looking forward to better management of offline maps, but anyway google Maps for China are crap, only if someone would finally port Here Maps from nokia to regular Android, they are probably 2nd best after Baidu maps

  • aloniado

    How do I save a map for offline use?

    Couldn't figure it out..

    • remister

      In the search field, type: OK MAPS

  • CrazyAndro

    doesn't install, it sows a Parsing error and fails.

    I am on 4.2.1

  • qhydxh9

    I use a separate speedo app but I'd like to see Google just add it onto Maps.
    coque galaxy s5

  • David Hart

    This couldn't have come at a better time, I'm driving across the US for the next 4 days or so.

    I was there was a way to save a route.
    And If you leave a navigation w/o getting to your destination, it should ask you if you'd like to load the last route up when you come back to maps.

    It's also very slow (visual lag) while doing navigation with my Nexus 5, I hope that's not normal.

  • me

    Offline still now allowing me to download... going back to the old versions I guess... Isn't there some apk mod/hack to fix this?

    • me

      not*

  • Ciccio87

    Any news about Google Camera update?

  • hldc1

    I just want separate navigation volume control back. It's annoying listening to music and having to hear the navigation voice at the same volume as the music.

  • http://batman-news.com Ketter

    I feel like a Luddite saying this, but honestly, if you just want directions and everything right there on your screen easily found, version 6.14.3 was the last version I thought was really useable. I installed this version and when I couldn't find My Places, as well as couldn't get just the Directions List for a trip I set up, in the first 15 seconds of looking--forget it. I'll keep trying new versions but this is like a horror movie version of featuritis.

    • pfmiller

      Pull up the white bar at the bottom to get the directions list. It's easier to access than ever before.

    • Johnny Chase

      Find your saved and shared places
      Touch the profile icon next to the search box.
      Scroll down to see your saved and shared places.

  • Aaron Kentch

    Uber integration into public transportation tab on navigation. Awesome.

  • Hector Diaz

    I dont know if others are starting to have the same issue as i do but this apk and the new Camera Apk are giving and error parsing this file.

    • Allen Cross

      That parsing error refers to just one 'issue': you are attempting to install the wrong APK for your device's version of Android.

      Search this page for your version (4.2, 4.0, etc.) and you should find a link to the appropriate APK file, above or in the comments.
      .

  • RH

    Several years ago, my sister went to a new Kohl's store that had opened. Since it just opened, the store wasn't in the GPS, so she typed the address in and it allowed that. When she arrived, instead of saying you have arrived at your destination, it said you have arrived in a field.

  • RXG9

    Still no Zoom buttons & measuring tool. Which are MUST HAVE features for me. Especially when I'm sitting at a red light trying to use my phone with one hand.

    I guess i'll have to still keep using v6.14.4

  • http://lasolutionauxregimes.fr/ hamiseady

    "Lane assistance." They must have had The atlanta area in thoughts when they designed that. "Turn remaining in 1000 legs. Now this road is going to go away and they will add a right road. Don't drop for it, that right road only goes 1000ft for some purpose and vanishes suddenly. Convert right on whatever Peachtree Rd you see first."

    Spybubble

  • Yosef Elgart

    I cant Download OFFLINE Maps on israel area WHY Gooogle WHY??????????

  • ColonelCockman

    How do I save a bookmark with my own title, as I'm saving it - not whatever address Google decides it is? And not by having to open a browser, log in to Google, and edit it later through Google Bookmarks...

    As in, 101 of things we want to do?

  • Jan ยาน

    What about favorites? My Maps? All gone since the big Maps update. Feature removal is bad! Although those two features seems not to be widespread.

  • remister

    I was finally able to utilize the new features. The lane help was really cool, but the intuitive alternate route finder was epic!

  • FQ

    Copying and pasting addresses is so much easier now when pulling up a location's "card"

  • DirkBelig

    Things I've noticed in a couple of days use:

    * It appears to be constantly scanning ahead for junctions and calculating the difference in ETA. You'll see it as a gray line on streets other than your route and a box saying "Same ETA" or "4 minutes slower" accompanying it. Very interesting.

    * The font for streets and POIs appears a heavier weight. Really pops.

    * Lane guidance is da bomb!

    Haven't tried offline maps yet, but I'm really digging this iteration.

  • BMG4ME

    It's frustrating that Google has decided my phone can't support the newer versions, especially since when I first had the phone it DID support the newer version. In between the time I upgraded and the time I had to do a factory reset they changed their mind. So thanks for posting this. Is there a way to get it to do updates to the current version from Google Play once you've forced the phone to install it? My Apps listing says the version I have is May 7 and there is no upgrade button even though I know it's not the May 7 version (yet).

  • http://www.salescopywriter.net/ Alan

    "Area not available" Useless garbage

  • justjet98

    Since updating to this version, my app just doesn't work properly. I never had an issue with it before. Now it can never accurately find my location when I click on the compass icon (it often says I'm about 10km away from where I actually am) and when I start a step-by-step journey the directions never change from the first step of the journey, even though the arrow shows that I have moved way past that step. It's really effing frustrating. Anything I can do?? TIA.

  • monicaricci

    I can't find how to get the list of turns that my route will be taking me. It used to be under a menu that came up when I hit the lower right button my the screen, but now hitting that button brings up a whole new menu and the ability to see the list of turns is GONE. This makes Google Maps nearly useless to me. So frustrating. Can you tell me where to find turn-by-turn please??

  • the_bat

    The 8.0 version, which I installed back in May, was running fine on my Galaxy S3. Then, foolishly, I updated, a few days ago to the 8.1.1 version. And, immediately started getting crashes & freezes. Thing would quit every 30 or 40 miles on this trip from southeast Minnesota to Buffalo, NY. Deleted caches, uninstalled, shut down the phone, pulled the battery for 30+ seconds, rebooted phone, reinstalled 8.1.1. Did this a couple of times. Several times, in fact. But no dice. Still getting the freezes and crashes. Uninstalled and went back to default that came with system 4.3 update which is more stable. BUT, it quits every time I get an incoming call. Downloaded the 8.0 version, uninstalled 8.1.1, and installed the 8.0 version. We'll see how this goes.

  • dhinged

    ...and I still can't save a map location to a contact... so frustrating.