Although I consider Android one of the best mobile operating systems in existence, I can't say that Google Maps is my cup of tea since this applications has its share of omissions, but, at least, Google is determined to improve it, the company just releasing a Walking Navigation update in order to make it more pedestrian traffic friendly.
Boasting similar features with its web counterpart, this new update will plot paths trough narrow streets, parks and other areas suited for foot traffic.
Next to that, Google
has also made some slight adjustments to the way Maps is presented on screen as the bird's eye view mode is turned on by default and the application uses a different way of signaling direction changes, vibrating instead off telling you which way to turn.
Also, to help you orientate yourself in your surroundings, the map will rotate when you turn the phone
, Street View also coming in with a few changes that allows for easier pedestrian navigation.
All in all, all this additions seem to offer quite a bit of extra functionality to Android Maps, making it a far better option for foot traffic then before.
This Walking Navigation module has entered Google Maps for mobile 4.5 as a beta, the application being available now for Android
1.6 and higher via an app update.
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