Google adds new features to its free navi app

With Google Maps 4.2 for Android, users can now get biking directions, start Navigation from the Home screen and share places with friends.

Excerpts from the Google blog:

Biking directions

..select the bike icon when getting directions to get an optimal bicycling route in the U.S. If you’re in the mood for a more scenic ride, you’ll also see the Bicycling layer on the map which shows dedicated bike-only trails (dark green), roads with bike lanes (light green), or roads that are good for biking but lack a dedicated lane (dashed green).

Navigation shortcut

With the new Navigation shortcut, you can pick a destination and be on your way with as little as 2 taps of your finger. Select the “Navigation” icon in your phone’s app launcher to get the new destination selection view.

Then, speak or type your destination, pick one from your contacts, choose a starred place, or select a recent destination. Navigation will begin and you’re good to go.

Sharing

From any search results page, choose to “Share this place” to send that place’s info, such as its address and phone number, to whomever you like.

Whether you’re sharing a place or a location, you’ll be able to send it to small groups via an email or text message or send it widely with apps like Google Buzz, Facebook, or Twitter.

Source: Google.

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