Google Maps for Android Better Search Sync, Access Search History, Searching for Work Now Suggests Work Address'

Google Maps for Android, gets a few improvements that makes maps syncing experience across all of devices better -- Starting today, you can faster and easier the information you previously searched on a desktop browser, right on Android phone. Just make sure you're signed in to Google Maps and your web history is enabled to […]

Google Maps for Android, gets a few improvements that makes maps syncing experience across all of devices better -- Starting today, you can faster and easier the information you previously searched on a desktop browser, right on Android phone.

Just make sure you're signed in to Google Maps and your web history is enabled to get a number of new benefits including search and directions history.

"When you start to type a place or directions into the search box on your Android device, you'll see suggestions for directions and locations that you've previously searched for - making it easier to quickly find directions on the go," explains Google.

You can also see your mapping search history, as well as your directions history, on your Android phone by going to the "Search" or "Directions" tab under My Places. This way, "places and businesses you have already searched for will show up in your suggestions to save you time when you're out and about."

Also, "when you chose to set locations such as "home" and "work", you can quickly access directions to these places by simply typing "home" or "work" in the search field on your mobile device," Google added.

Desktop and Mobile search synchronisation.

google maps for android : desktop and mobile seach synchromization now faster and easier

Access your search history under My Places.

google maps for android : acces search history under my  places

Searching for work automatically suggests your work address.

google maps for android: now searching for work suggests work address

Update: Google Maps is using a new ad on its Maps page "when there's a adequate whitesapce" that touts Google Maps mobile capabilities and invites existing users to "take your map anywhere."

The ad when clicked leads to Google's "Hello World" visual tour of Google Maps -- content that's been around for a while now and basically sells all aspects of Google Maps on mobile, including Street View imagery, turn-by-turn directions, offline maps and more.

Here's how it looks like on a desktop(via)

Google Maps Ads on Maps Search Pages

In other Google news, FTC Chairman Jon Leibowitz, at an antitrust symposium sponsored by Georgetown Law School in Washington DC, said that the commission was "on track" to decide on whether or not to pursue an antitrust case against Google "by the end of the year."

"I think that we're going to try to get this resolved by the end of the year," he said.

"We have not decided as a commission what we're going to do, where we're going to go with respect to Google," he said. "We're doing what we're supposed to be doing - we're weighing the evidence, we're thinking it through, in a collective, collaborative bipartisan way," Leibowitz was quoted by the NY Times saying.

During prepared remarks, Mr. Leibowitz said that if the F.T.C. decides to issue a complaint against Google, "oour rules of administrative litigation will ensure Google a trial within eight months, much faster than in the federal district courts." No decision has been made, however, about where a case would be filed, he added.