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Google Maps Navigation Gets Update: A More Simple UI, For the Lost Wanderers

March 11, 2012


Image from Droid Life

While it seems like Google Navigation has been the longest BETA in history, a new update has been added to give the interface a more basic and efficient feel. It might not seem like a ton of changes have occurred, however the small differences could assist drivers when navigating through the menus.

The update provides users with larger menu action buttons to enable them to quickly find what they are looking for. This certainly makes sense because when you are driving, it is a real challenge to interact with a touchscreen device, Thankfully, the small changes are welcomed, especially for those trying to navigate through cluttered traffic.

Besides the larger buttons, the menu key to access all of these actions is no longer next the the soft keys in Android 4.0 ICS. The button is now integrated towards the top of the title bar. This addition rids the packed spacing between the soft keys.

That about wraps up the update. Of course you can find Google Maps and Navigation in the “Play Store”, if it is not yet on your device. Looks like you will not be hearing the terms “Android Market” much longer.

So, if you have updated, have the changes added to your driving capability? Do you find it easier to have larger buttons than just a list? I would love to hear your comments on the new Google Maps Navigation update.