If there is one app that is definitely useful to any smartphone –holder: this is the Google maps app.
Indeed, being new to any city, this app can quickly help you find your way through what can appear as a jungle (concrete).
Of course, I downloaded it, even though women are supposed to have a good sense of orientation…
What is commonly said too is that women cannot read maps. Well, partly true I have to confess. But this time, with Google maps (another ingenuous app in my opinion!), it is very easy to read since it guides you instantaneously. This app has been on the market for six years now and ended November 2011 by offering new improvements.
A new approach to maps: finding your way through the indoors!
The new feature now boasts that Google maps not only cares that you find your way outdoors but indoors too. Starting with airports, which can be full of mazes. Moreover, catching your flight can sometimes be stressful (particularly when you are a last-minute person who always reaches the gate just in the nick of time…) so finding your way more easily can help alleviate some of the tension.
The idea is that when you are standing inside a building, Google maps 6.0 brings the freestanding map directory (which probably takes you 10 minutes before you can actually figure out how to go where you want) to the palm of your hand. Nice, huh?
Detailed floor plans are automatically being displayed when viewing the map. The “blue dot” icon shows your location and when you move up or down a level in a building, the app moves with you. The location will automatically be updated to display which floor you are on.
Easier switching possibility between features
This updated version offers to do many things: view your location on the map, share it with whomever you want (by checking in), discover where to go with Places, get GPS turn-by turn direction with Navigations (this will drain your battery though), 3D view and there is even an “off mode” which enables you, when you do not have any network or simply lose it to display and use preloaded maps you very often use to get oriented. A sort of a life saver really!
Besides, you can also find the best places in any area you go to.
And finally, in order to make it easier to use and to hop from one feature to the next one, a drop down menu to the toolbar was added! It makes it even quicker.
I downloaded it directly from my laptop to my smartphone. Just one click and you are ready to use it. One thing is for sure, I am having a lot of fun with this app, so get it too!
In case you wanted to give it a try.. here is the QR code