Google released an updated version of its Maps app on Android today after unveiling the redesign at its I/O conference back in May. The improved mobile service adds cards for easy exploring and improves navigation directions. It’s also the first version of Google Maps designed to take full advantage of the larger screens on tablets. The update is currently available in Google Play with an iOS update coming soon.
In many ways, the new Google Maps appears geared towards pushing users to explore locations where they can eat, drink and shop, thereby pushing them to spend more money. Not only does the app help you find these locations, it also offers baked-in reviews from customers and Zagat while pointing out “Offers” (sales and discounts from big chains).
Of course, the apps navigation feature also gets some impressive updates. The new Google Maps keeps an eye on upcoming traffic for you, offering incident information at the tap of a button and alerting the driver if a better route becomes available.
Google also used the opportunity to lets its users know that two Maps features, Latitude and check-ins, have been cut from the new app and will be shut down entirely on August 9. The company notes that similar features are being added to Google+ for Android with a similar iOS update coming soon.