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Google Maps for Mobile gets ‘Biking Directions, Navigation Shortcut, Sharing’ and morefor Android smartphones

Google Maps for mobilep added following new features:

  • Click “Biking directions” icon when to get an optimal bicycling route in US. For more scenic ride, you’ll also see Bicycling layer on a map which shows dedicated bike-only trails (dark green), roads with bike lanes (light green), or roads good for biking but lack a dedicated lane (dashed green). Turn on this layer from Layers menu, add in the Labs’ Terrain layer, and you can decide to either climb or avoid that big hill on the way home!
  • New Navigation shortcut, let you pick a destination and be on your way with as little as 2 taps of your finger. Select “Navigation” icon in your phone’s app launcher to get new destination selection view. Then, speak or type your destination, pick one from your contacts, choose a starred place, or select recent destination. Navigation will begin and you’re good to go.
  • From any search results page, click “Share this place” to send that place’s info, such as its address, phone number, to whomever you like. Just use share option after selecting a point on the map, your “My Location” blue dot, or yourself in Latitude if it’s enabled. Whether you’re sharing a place or a location, you’ll be able to send it to small groups via email, text message or send it widely with apps like Google Buzz, Facebook, or Twitter. Get these new features by searching for Google Maps in Android Market from Android 1.6+ phones, tap here.


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