Google Maps for Android update rolling out, brings new design and features [Update]

July 10, 2013
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Google Maps for Android

Google is rolling out the Google Maps update for Android devices, one of the Google services that was given a new look, but also new features, and which was demoed at this year’s Google I/O edition.

The company overhauled both its desktop and mobile versions of Google Maps, and now the mobile experience will be available to users that have a device running Android 4.0.3 or later.

In addition to a new design for Android handsets and tablets, the update will bring you “enhanced navigation including live traffic updates, incident reports and dynamic rerouting” and improve the way you explore local “places to eat, drink, shop, play and sleep.” The screenshots below will give you a quick taste of what Google Maps will feel like on your tablet and/or smartphone once you get the new update:

As Android Police explains, the update may not be available to download on all devices just yet, but the publications offers links to software-specific APKs.

In the Google Play Store, Google says that the update will be “gradually rolling out to Android 4.0.3+ users over the next few weeks,” so in case you didn’t manually install the APK suitable for your device, you’ll may have to wait a while to get it.

[Update:] the app’s offline maps mode appears to be gone, but it’s cleverly hidden. It can be activated by using a simple easter egg features that come with the new app update. Here’s how to do it!

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