Google Maps finally sees terrain view return, after nearly a year’s absence


Last night, we brought you a summary of Google’s “app update Wednesday” releases, and while it didn’t update every piece of software under the sun, with new versions out for half-a-dozen some apps, it sure felt like it. Today we’ve got one more straggler to check out, as the latest update to Maps brings back a feature that Android users have gone far too long without.

Back in July 2013, Google brought Maps up to version 7, and while the release delivered fun features like a new tablet view, Zagat reviews, and an “Explore” feature to discover new business, it came up short in one key area: Google removed terrain view. For an app called “Maps,” it felt seriously odd that Google was removing actual maps in favor of more attraction-oriented content. But now with the release of Maps 8.1, terrain views are finally back.

In addition to that big improvement, we see a number of smaller tweaks, moving around data within the UI, emphasizing travel time when presenting the user with route options, and displaying direction results larger and more clearly.

There’s no word from Google on why terrain view went away in the first place, but we’re just happy to have it back. Look for Maps 8.1 to hit your Android device in the days to come, or follow through that source link for an APK.

Source: Android Police

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Stephen has been writing about electronics since 2008, which only serves to frustrate him that he waited so long to combine his love of gadgets and his degree in writing. In his spare time, he collects console and arcade game hardware, is a motorcycle enthusiast, and enjoys trapping blue crabs. Stephen’s first mobile device was a 624 MHz Dell Axim X30, which he’s convinced is still a viable platform. Stephen longs for a market where phones are sold independently of service, and bandwidth is cheap and plentiful; he’s not holding his breath. In the meantime, he devours smartphone news and tries to sort out the juicy bits

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