The Delhi Public Transport app Google has recently dropped into the Play Store has one job—helping you get around India's capital using public transportation without an Internet connection. Looking pretty was not written anywhere on the job application, so it showed up for work dressed rather plain. Fortunately it will probably look better on a small, budget smartphone than it does on high resolution displays.
That's not to say the app is particularly ugly. It just looks lazy, especially for a product that comes to us from Google. But hey, this appearance is not unexpected. Cody came across the app over a month ago when he tore down Maps v9.13. If anything is surprising about the interface, it's that it remains largely unchanged.
Anyways, the app doesn't have to look stunning. What matters first is that it works and is fast. I can't tell you how well it pulls up Metro and bus directions online or off, because Google tells me it would take seventeen hours to fly to that part of the world. Presumably the Metro doesn't come this far out.
If you are in New Delhi, feel free to leave a comment with your experience. And if, like me, you aren't—you're welcome to download the app from APK Mirror.
- Nilanjan Chatterjee