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Google Maps Updated with Biking Directions, Navigation Shortcut, and Sharing

Google Maps Updated with Biking Directions, Navigation Shortcut, and Sharing

Today, Google Maps was updated to version 4.2 (only for Android 1.6+ however). Now you can get biking directions, use the homescreen navigation shortcut, and share your location/directions with family and friends.

Biking Directions:

  • Access biking directions directly from the Directions page.
  • View the Bicycling Layer to view bike-only trails (dark green), roads with bike lanes (light green), and roads that are good for biking but do not have a dedicated bike lane (dashed green).
  • Use the Terrain layer to challenge (or avoid) that big hill.



Navigation Shortcut:

  • A much needed addition to Google Maps.
  • Get directions and be on the go in only 2 taps of your finger.
  • Speak or type the location or select a saved/starred/previous location to get started.



Sharing:

  • Much like the app Glympse, share location search results by email, text, Google Buzz, Facebook, or Twitter.
  • Also, you can share your specific location on the map, if you want someone to know where to meet up with you.



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