We may be seeing a lull in device launches for the next several weeks, leading up to the madhouse that is sure to be MWC, but there’s still plenty of mobile news to keep us busy, In addition to all the rumors and leaks that are sure to give us plenty to talk about, software releases keep right on coming, and this week Google’s got new editions of Maps out for both Android and iOS users, packed with a few useful new features.
Let’s start with the official changelog, and at the top of the list there is the ability to filter restaurant searches based on the type of cuisine you’re looking for; both Android and iOS should see that new mode. We also hear about new international weather info, pin-based location entry for navigation, and being able to add transit directions to your calendar for the iOS release.
Android picks some new direction-sharing tools, letting you export Maps-generated navigation info and easily add it to an email. There’s also an overdue option to have Maps stop bugging you about what data you have (or haven’t) chosen to make available to it through location settings.
Finally, buried in the Android Maps APK are some new text strings that may hint at future location-based notifications, alerting you the presence of stores or alternate transportation options based on your proximity to them. But for now, there’s no indication of when anything like that might arrive.