Google Maps just received an update that brings a few awesome enhancements along with it. For starters, the navigation home screen has been redesigned for Android 4.0.x devices, bringing a more useful and intuitive interface. The four main options - speak destination, type destination, go home, and map - are now larger, more touch-friendly buttons and a list of recently navigated locations are directly below. A quick swipe to the from right-to-left will display all contacts with addresses, while a swipe from left-to-right will show all starred locations.


If you also happen to be running a device with a  high pixel density display, then you'll also notice that the maps just got a lot sharper. When zoomed in, the amount of labels have also been reduced, making everything less cluttered and street names more visible.

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Left: Old, Right: New

Lastly, you can now set your preferred transit method, as well as route options. This means that you can not only choose between the bus or subway, but also the quickest route, one with the fewest transfers, or one that keeps the amount of walking to a minimum.

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The update is live now in the Play Store, hit the widget to grab it.

Google Maps - Navigate & Explore
Google Maps - Navigate & Explore

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