Google has updated their Google Maps application for BlackBerry smartphones to version 4.2 with new features including biking directions, sharing and new search results. Google Maps for mobile is a free application that allows you to determine your location with or without your GPS location, driving and transit directions, phone numbers and addresses for local businesses. Here are the details for version 4.2:
If you’ve been using Google Maps on your computer to get biking directions, trails, and lanes, you can now head out for a ride using just your BlackBerry. When getting directions in Google Maps, just choose to travel by bicycle to get an optimal bicycling route in the U.S. If you’re in the mood for a more scenic ride, you’ll also see the Bicycling layer on the map which shows dedicated bike-only trails (dark green), roads with bike lanes (light green), or roads that are good for biking but lack a dedicated lane (dashed green). You can always turn on this layer from the Layers menu to devise your own route.
Search and Share
The next time you’re searching for a late night bite of pizza, you’ll see a redesigned list view of results with pictures and ratings. Select one to see a simplified search results page with easy-access buttons for directions, calling, etc. and all the info you’ll need right below. Select a section, such as “Reviews,” to see more. A new “share this place” option lets you send anyone place info, such as its address or phone number, by email or text message. In addition to specific places like a restaurant, you can also share any location you select on the map — including a snapshot of where you are at the moment — to help folks meet you outside or right where you’re standing!
Google Maps is available for many BlackBerry devices and can be downloaded for free from m.google.com/maps right from your BlackBerry browser. If you download the app please look ahead to make sure the route is safe before following them or you might end up on a highway and get hit by a car (not really Google’s fault either).
Let me know how you like the new version in the comments!