Its been a while since we last saw any development on the Blackberry Google Maps Application. And with all of the changes between this version and the last, it just goes to show that Google doesn’t believe in “small” application version releases.
When one of their applications get an update, you can bet some serious money that it’s going to be a heck of a lot better than it used to be.
This version includes a TON of new updates, so download it ASAP.
The New Version is 3.2.0.
So what can you expect from this release?…
Some of its new features include;
- My Location (watch video). See your location on a map, even if you don’t have GPS.
- Business listings. Search for any business or category of interest.
- Driving directions. Thanks to My Location, you don’t even have to enter your starting point.
- Latitude. See your friends’ locations and share yours with them. Start Maps and then select “Join Latitude.”Learn more.
- Transit & walking directions (watch video). Get routes and schedules to travel via subway, bus, or on foot.
- Layers (watch video). New! View layers of geographic information (e.g. My Maps, Wikipedia, Transit).
- Traffic. Real-time traffic helps you find the fastest route.
- Enterprise. BlackBerry administrators can deploy Maps for BlackBerry Enterprise Server.
But that isn’t all, there are also a lot of simple graphics that have been changed to give the app a very nice style. Such as-
-My Location Bubble
-Home Location Icon
Plus, all of the navigation icons at the bottom of the screen got a new look and have increased in size for easier input. I have also noticed that the application loads the map faster than in the old version, and when launching the application, it takes less time to find your location.
And as if those features weren’t enough, Google also decided to add the ability to import your maps from the “My Maps” section of Google Maps. I had always wondered why anyone would go through all the trouble of hilighting points of interest on their customizable maps, when they weren’t even viewable from your mobile devices.
But that has changed…
If you would like to pre-route your trip, create hiking trails, or add your own personalized favorites, just visit the Google Maps page Here and get started!
*Note* Be sure that you have logged in!
Basically, you should see a “My Maps” tab at the left-hand side of the screen.
Open this and you will be shown a form needing the title and description of your map.
From here, the rest should be simple!
Just draw a route, name it, change the color or anything else you want, then save it. To get your map to show up on your device, sign into Google Maps using your Google Account name and password.
Click on “Layers” from the menu.
Next, click “More Layers”,
Finally, select “My Maps”.
Simple as that.
Oh yes. The download link that you have been waiting for.
You can install it by visiting Google’s Mobile site here http://m.google.com/ -and then selecting Google Latitude or Google Maps.
It doesn’t matter which one you select, they are both the same application.
Or, just use this link to download it directly; http://m.google.com/latitude/download/latitude.jad?dc=gorganic&ver=3.2.0
Comments and Questions are Welcome!