Google Maps for Android adds train schedules, live Places info, more Latitude features

June 22, 2010 | by Andrew Kameka

Google Android, Travel


Another day, another upgrade from Google. The latest service treated to new features is Google Maps on Android 1.6 or higher, which has added upcoming schedules at transit stations, more integration with Latitude, and live feedback from the Places page. You can download the update from the Market, but here’s a quick look at what you’ll get.


The latest version of Maps has added transit information (where available). If you live in or visit a city in which Google Maps currently has access to schedules for buses, trains, or light rails, Google Maps will now reveal that schedule when you click on a station. I always try to download the local transit application when I visit a new city, but having it built into Maps will thankfully remove the need to do that. It will also come in handy if you’re someone who frequently looks for public-transit directions on the desktop. Click here to see a map of transit availability in your area.


For anyone who has turned on Google Latitude and actively use it to track family and friends, it will now be easier to do that within the Google Maps app. In the Latitude friends list, users can add people from their contacts to suggest sharing information with each other. Google has had some privacy concerns in recent months, but the app requires approval before sharing and users can tap the red “X” icon to rid themselves of the suggestion.


We’ve suggested previously that Google is on a mission to become the default place for everything, regardless of what service is already popular and established in that field. Places is the Google service continuing that trend in the restaurant review area. The Place Page section of Maps now shows how people rate food, service, selection, and atmosphere in restaurants in an effort to make a decision on where to eat.