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Google Maps Updated with Biking Directions, Navigation Shortcut, and Sharing

Today, Google Maps was updated to version 4.2 (only for Android 1.6+ however). Now you can get biking directions, use the homescreen navigation shortcut, and share your location/directions with family and friends.

Biking Directions:

  • Access biking directions directly from the Directions page.
  • View the Bicycling Layer to view bike-only trails (dark green), roads with bike lanes (light green), and roads that are good for biking but do not have a dedicated bike lane (dashed green).
  • Use the Terrain layer to challenge (or avoid) that big hill.



Navigation Shortcut:

  • A much needed addition to Google Maps.
  • Get directions and be on the go in only 2 taps of your finger.
  • Speak or type the location or select a saved/starred/previous location to get started.



Sharing:

  • Much like the app Glympse, share location search results by email, text, Google Buzz, Facebook, or Twitter.
  • Also, you can share your specific location on the map, if you want someone to know where to meet up with you.



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