Google has just released an updated Google Maps Mobile client for Android which focuses on an even easier way to find places around you current location: a dedicated Places icon that lets you quickly look up nearby places and pick a place to go using updated Place Pages. On Android-powered phones with Google Maps 4.4, you'll find the new Places icon in the app launcher with the rest of your apps. At the moment it features restaurants, coffee, bars, hotels, attractions, ATMs and gas stations as predefined categories. However it even allows to add own categories as well as directly searching for any other type of local business around you.
. You'll get a detailed list of all the nearest places and can choose one to learn more about it on its Place Page.
With updated Place Pages, and in addition to previously introduced photos and reviews, Place Pages now have a bunch of new details, such as prices, parking and menu links. Furthermore the search results list now highlights business opening hours in addition to compass direction and distance.
Google Maps for mobile 4.4 is available now for Android 1.6 and above.
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