The seventh version of the Google Maps app was updated today and can be found on Google's Play Store. This is not just another minor enhancement, because it comes with improvements in functionality, navigation and a new feature for discovery. Google has changed the appearance of the app, making it more simple to use and even faster. Google has announced that Latitude and check-ins will gradually be eliminated for good, but instead of Latitude, users are suggested to use Locations with the Google+ app, but this is not a very good replacement.
This Google Maps update requires a version of Android starting from Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0.3 and up.
The new platform of the app enables the user to explore by discovering the nearby locations to eat, drink, sleep, shop or play, through the search box.
The new navigation feature informs the user of the real-time traffic or incidents happening on the way and has the option of rerouting. In terms of rating, you have the option to rate between one star and five stars the place that you've visited. The offline maps option is not gone, contrary to how it may seem, instead it can be accessed by speaking or typing "OK Maps" in the search box and it will save that surrounding area for offline access.
Daniel Graf, the director of Google Maps app said that a new feature was added for the Android version of the app, to shake the phone in order to send feedback, feature that was already on the iOS version of Google Maps.
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