Google Maps gets Android 4.0 ICS update, revamped with High-Res, Public-Transit features


Google Maps get Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update and the user interface has been redesigned which makes navigation to destinations much faster and easier. Google Maps has now been updated to version 6.5 with improved support for devices having high-pixel density displays, which will be useful to Android developers. For “High Density”, Google has set a pixel density of 240 ppi, though devices with pixel densities with 200 ppi will still show a difference.

The latest Android 4.0 update allows users to find their favorite locations, contacts list and tracking into new destination is smoother with faster access. Android powered devices with high-resolution map tiles like Galaxy Nexus, Samsung Galaxy S II and Motorola DROID RAZR will now feature clean and crisp easier-to-read maps without causing any eye-strain to smartphone users. Google Maps 6.5 for Android also sports public-transit options which allow users to choose the mode of public transportation such as bus, subway or train or set priorities to a route that involves lesser walking or one with fewer number of transfers. Transit directions and schedules are offered for 475 cities around the world.

Google says users have traveled 50 billion kilometers with turn-by-turn directions or the equivalent of 130,000 trips to the moon, 334 trips to the sun, 10 trips to Neptune or 0.005 light years.

Google Maps for Android is now available for download from the Google Play store Play (formerly known as the Android Market). Take a look at the video below to see it in action.

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