Google is stepping up to the new trend of location-sharing, in a way which is simple and appealing to users, who no longer have to download a third-party app to do the same thing.
It has just pushed out its latest update to the Android version of Google Maps the update, version 4.2, is available now through the Android Market, which adds a slew of new functionality including the ability to instantly post location info to social networking sites.
When users search for a place on Google Maps, whether it's a specific address, cross-street, or restaurant name, there's a new button called "share this place" that posts the location info to Google Buzz, Facebook, Twitter, or via e-mail or SMS. Users can also send a snapshot of Google Maps indicating their current location.
In addition to it, the update adds biking directions to the list of driving, walking, and public transit info. Biking directions give users the ability to see bike-only trails, roads with lanes, or roads that are at least accessible to bikers. There is also a terrain layer, so you can see when that huge hill is coming.
And finally, Google has pulled out its "Navigation" (GPS directions) feature from Google Maps and turned it into its own app. The new Navigation app lets users create "starred" destinations, allows them to easily get directions to contacts stored in the phone, and offers a voice command option to speak the address or name of the destination.
Google has finally geared up to meet the unending and unpredictable demand of its users.