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Google Maps on Android Gets Some Upgrades

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Android’s Google Maps gets upgrades—and some potential issues.

Google Maps has enjoyed a push on the Android platform as of late, with the sixth update over an equal number of months. Updating Maps to version 4.4 gives the service a dedicated child app that adds a "Places" icon to the app launcher. It searches for places around you, filtered by establishment type, with the ability to add custom filters.

This is all touted as "An Even Better Way to Find Places Nearby", but the update does create its own redundancies. What exactly does Places bring to the table if the Maps' Places Directory already exists. The two apps are so similar that it’s hard to know tell why it’s logical to develop both. It confuses people just like how Goggles and Shopper puzzled us.

Worse, some users may be confused by the update. Which app will they use to search for a restaurant or coffee shop to head to? Will uninstalling Places affect the Maps installation in any way? Google may have to clarify how the daughter app concept works and why they made Places in the first place. While they’re at it, let’s just make the most out of the announcement. Simply upgrade Maps on the Market for free to try Places.

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    waxdart , August 5, 2010 10:04 AM
    back_by_demandGive it a few years when Google Maps is real-time streamed from a satellite. I pop in my current location, zoom in and look at the back of my own head.


    :)  That might cost a lot. I mean a Funking lot. I think I'll just hold the camera over my head and take a photo. but I love the idea.
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    Anonymous , August 5, 2010 10:51 AM
    I'd also like to ask Google why maps keeps starting itself (often more than one instance) on my 2.2 Desire?
    Is it reporting my location back to its servers?
    Why is it wasting my CPU/battery?
    How do I stop it? (no option to uninstall!)
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    house70 , August 5, 2010 12:11 PM
    DIYFiddlerI'd also like to ask Google why maps keeps starting itself (often more than one instance) on my 2.2 Desire? Is it reporting my location back to its servers? Why is it wasting my CPU/battery?How do I stop it? (no option to uninstall!)

    Use a task killer from the market.
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    TunaSoda , August 5, 2010 2:03 PM
    Ten years from now Google Nav may be out of beta...
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    miicah , August 5, 2010 11:06 PM
    I was pretty confused when my maps update installed 4 other things I never even wanted, especially since I already had a places app.
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    blazeorangeman , August 5, 2010 11:43 PM
    I use the maps app if I know of a place I already want to go to...however, if I'm in an area and want to explore what options are available, Places is more logical and faster to search everything in a certain category. Google FTW. Keep up the Apps.

    P.S. if there could be an app for Google Docs then my phone would be complete
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