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Google Maps for mobile 4.5 on Android Gets ‘Walking Navigation, Street View smart navigation, and Google Maps search bar’

Google Maps for mobile 4.5 on Android. Maps now gets following new features:

  • Walking Navigation lets you use GPS navigation with walking directions that’re more direct and use pedestrian pathways. Just choose “Walking” option from Navigation icon. When you’re on feet, your phone will vibrate when you need to make a turn. You can turn off voice guidance and just use these notifications. To help you orient yourself with your surroundings, the map will rotate with you as you turn 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.
  • Street View smart navigation let you quickly navigate Street View by dragging Pegman from corner and highlighting where you want to go with lightly shaded “pancake” on roads or 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 swipe of finger, you can hop rivers and scale buildings. You’ll need to download an update for “Street View on Google Maps” app in Android Market separately from Google Maps. Once you update, access Street View just like before: open Maps, search for a place or long-press map, and choose Street View option if available.
  • Google Maps search bar is always available for easy access at the top of the map. Tap it to quickly start searching, open Places, use Layers menu, or find yourself on map with My Location. Here’re new features: » Filter search results by distance or ratings » View prices categorized with dollar signs » See cross streets for places.


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