What’s new in the Google Maps 4.4 for Android Update?

Google just released an update to their Maps app for Android, bringing it to version 4.4. So far Google has bee releasing a fairly substantial update to this app every month for the past several months.

Rather than just talk about the new changes, in the following video I’ve broken down Google Maps based on its four distinct functions (including the new “Places” feature), and demo’d adding a Directions & Navigation shortcut to one of your home screens.

0:00 – Intro

0:49 – What’s new in Google Maps

1:43 – Overview of Labs

3:42 – Lattitude

5:10 – Navigation

6:10 – Directions & Navigation Shortcuts

7:44 – Changing to an alternate route

8:21 – Introduction to the new Places component

9:54 – Feature request

10:56 – How to add your own Directions & Navigation Shortcut

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Joe Levi
Joe graduated from Weber State University with two degrees in Information Systems and Technologies. He has carried mobile devices with him for more than a decade, including Apple's Newton, Microsoft's Handheld and Palm Sized PCs, and is Pocketnow's "Android Guy". By day you'll find Joe coding web pages, tweaking for SEO, and leveraging social media to spread the word. By night you'll probably find him writing technology and "prepping" articles, as well as shooting video. Read more about Joe Levi here.