Google Maps Update Adds Walking Directions, Streetview Smart Navigation

Posted: September 10, 2010 in Apps
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Google is throwing out all the stops today when it comes to official app updates.  They released the official update to the Google Voice app to include the updated widgets and support found in the leaked copy from the upcoming HTC G2, and now they went and released an updated version of Maps to include walking directions as well as smart street view among other things.  What does this all mean?  Google explains it as the following:

Walking Navigation

Walking Navigation lets you use GPS navigation with walking directions that are more direct and use pedestrian pathways when we know about them. To try it now, choose the “Walking” option from the Navigation icon. Walking Navigation has a few changes that help when you’re on your feet. For example, your phone will vibrate when you need to make a turn. You can even turn off voice guidance and just use these notifications while soaking in the sights and sounds around you. To help you orient yourself with your surroundings, the map will rotate with you as you turn the phone, and walking mode uses satellite view by default. Use it like a virtual compass with satellite imagery to look ahead or help pick out landmarks along the way.

Streetview Smart Navigation

If you want a sneak preview of where you’re going, use the new Street View on Google Maps with smart navigation and updated imagery. Just like with Street View smart navigation on your computer, you no longer have to slowly move down a street by tapping arrows along roads repeatedly. Now you can quickly navigate Street View by dragging Pegman from the corner and highlighting where you want to go with a lightly shaded “pancake” on roads or a rectangle on buildings. Let go of the screen when highlighting the front of a building, and you’ll fly there and turn to face it. With a swipe of your finger, you can hop rivers and scale buildings.

Here’s a video demo from Google on the Streetview Smart Navigation:

Head over to the market and grab the update now!

Source: Droid-life

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