Google Makes An Update To Its Big Google Maps Update

    July 11, 2013
    Chris Crum

Google announced the launch of its big new Google Maps update for Android this week. It’s coming to iOS soon. The update includes a tablet-oriented version of Google Maps for the first time.

We took a fairly extensive look at what the app has to offer here.

As part of the announcement, Google revealed that it is retiring its location feature Google Latitude. Also gone was the Offline Maps feature, though Google did offer a workaround.

Anyhow, Google announced today that it has made an adjustment to the release related to these two particular items. Google said in a Google+ post:

We’ve been happy to hear so many of you enjoying the interface and features of the new Google Maps app for Android, but we know some of you are missing an easy way to access maps offline. That’s why our engineering team has been working around the clock to add a “Make this map area available offline” card below the search box for easier access. And, if you still want some #thumbercise, typing “ok maps” will work too!

With this update, we’ve also added a “Where’s Latitude?” link at the bottom of the side menu which provides more information about the future of location sharing.

The update is beginning a global roll-out today.

Make Maps available offline