It’s been awhile since I mentioned the Google Maps application that I use so often on my N97. Since that time it’s received some huge updates that I’ve been meaning to share with you N97 Fanatics! Almost on a daily basis I open it up to search for a gas station, local pub, bank, or a place to buy flowers. At the same time I get the phone number, directions, reviews, etc. It’s really astonishing. I even save my favorite places for later viewing and use.
I don’t only use Google Maps on my smartphone. I also use the powerful web application on my computer to find all the same places. What if you can sync those places, directions, maps, etc. between computer and N97? Well if you haven’t updated to the latest version in awhile, then you’re really missing out.
From the Google Mobile Blog:
Google Maps for mobile has long allowed you to add stars on a map to mark your favorite places. You may have noticed a few months ago that Google Maps for desktop browsers introduced the ability to star places as well. Unfortunately, there was no way to keep these starred places in sync with Google Maps on your phone. With today’s release of Google Maps for mobile 3.3 on Windows Mobile and Symbian phones, you’ll now be able to keep the starred places on your phone and on your computer completely synchronized. It’s like magic, but magic that you can use.
Awesome right? That’s not it. Check out the new “layers” feature that I mentioned in the title.
Quote from blog post:
Just as the world itself can be viewed through many lenses, the latest version of Google Maps for mobile allows you to view many layers of information on your map at the same time. Layers make it easier and more useful to find and interact with geographic content, like public transit, traffic (with incidents!), local search results, Latitude friend locations, Wikipedia and more. You can also see your own My Maps content as a layer on Google Maps for mobile. And finally, multiple layers can be combined at the same time to give you a content-rich view of what’s around you.
If you haven’t already tried out Google Maps you need to! I hardly ever fire up Ovi Maps anymore.
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