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If you were wondering just what was in inside a Maps update appearing on your devices starting yesterday, wonder no more: the changelog is here. The changelog, though, is not only short, it is not of particularly great interest unless you're a Hindi speaker. Here it is:

What's New

  • Hindi now supported, including voice navigation
  • Improved navigation notifications on Android Wear devices
  • Bug fixes

And that's all she (or he) wrote. The improved notifications on Wear devices are probably a welcome change, though so few Wear devices are out in the wild at this point that it's something most people won't notice. The addition of Hindi is, of course, great news for Hindi speakers.

This update seems to no longer be in staged deployment, and nothing else has jumped out at us upon close inspection of the updated app, but if you do see anything, feel free to let us know. You can also catch up with what happened in the last update, 8.2, that began rolling out around six weeks ago.

David Ruddock
David's phone is whatever is currently sitting on his desk. He is an avid writer, and enjoys playing devil's advocate in editorials, and reviewing the latest phones and gadgets. He also doesn't usually write such boring sentences.

  • RG

    badhiya hai

    • Swanand

      But how to use it??

  • User420

    Nice for the improved Wear integration ! ;)

  • http://www.twitter.com/b_boogey_xl b_boogey_xl

    I'm not totally against staged rollouts but I feel like if you know there's an update for an app, you should be able to just visit the apps page in the Play Store and update it from there. Other than that, just wait for it to appear in the My Apps section (as per typical staged rollout).

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    • Prahlis

      Exactly. I mean say 1% of the users care about getting the update and seeing what's new. They should be able to update the app manually.

  • joser116

    Hopefully this fixed the navigation issue where the blue arrow wouldn't follow you around.

    • Thiago Bachi Rehbein

      Looked behind and no blue arrow following me... Still bugging???

    • andy_o

      Glad it wasn't just me... from the reviews I can see others having similar problems too. 8.3.1 doesn't fix it though. I drive the same route every day and always at the same exits the arrow does not follow the blue path, it not only keeps following the main freeway, but some other times it follows the exit and not the freeway where the blue path is.

      Worse, while you're following the blue path, when the arrow deviates from it, it recalculates route for a while, until it catches up with you, and then recalculates route again for the original one. It's a mess.

      • joser116

        Mine doesn't follow me at all at times.

  • ash

    Thankful to then to support hindi. Much people will be benefitted

    • ash

      How to use hindi? Damn

  • Magnus100

    Map as 6 was better and more intuitive than this piece of junk.
    Looking forward to trying Here maps on my Galaxy Note 4 when it becomes available.
    Google has turned a deaf ear to all the complaints about maps

    • ash

      I think its available for galaxy phones

    • Fatty Bunter

      What part of it is junk?

    • andrew__des_moines

      I was on two trips where I used Navigation extensively in the last week. I was swearing at my phone every gas station and rest stop for lack of a simple way to pause navigation. Very annoying, and I seem to remember this used to not be an issue.

  • VR

    tunak tunak!

  • Varun Bansal

    Google is giving India and Indian Users there much needed support (Lately though).. More likely due 'android one' program

  • Lamm

    I'm still waiting for this crap to bring back support for custom maps and tracks (KMZ and KML files). Some times I need to load some offroad tracks that maps can't open and i have to resort do mytracks or other apps and hacks to load. I remember not needing this back in the good old android 2.3 days.