Google's on a roll today with app updates; first it was the new Google Voice featuring not one, but two widgets, and now they're rolling out a new version of Google Maps which promises to teach us to "walk this way."
The update includes a feature called "Walking Navigation," which is essentially turn-by-turn navigation, only for pedestrians and not drivers. It is now able to:
- provide up-to-the minute walking directions to from where you stand now to your destination, complete with blue and white arrows to indicate where you stand and where you should go
- provide more direct routes
- offer voice guidance (which can be turned off)
- a map that rotates as you rotate
- turn on satellite imagery by default
- vibrate your phone when you need to make a turn
Revolutionary it may not be, but it's certainly an improvement over the feature it replaces, "Walking Directions."
Also new is the Google Maps search bar, which allows you to:
- start searching for a place
- open Places
- use the Layers menu
- find yourself on the map with My Location
- filter search results by distance or ratings
- view prices categorized by dollar signs
- see cross streets for places
In one final change, Google's gone and revamped Street View.