Google Maps for Android

The Good Map layers, turn-by-turn navigation, Street View, offline access, and a customized experience tailored to your interests make Google Maps almost unbeatable.

The Bad You must have Google Earth for 3D city view. Offline caching feature is less intuitive than before. There's no way to sort search results and no more My Maps support.

The Bottom Line With its long list of features, zippy performance, and syncing of data across other devices, Google Maps is a must-have application for anyone running Android.

Editors' Rating
  • Setup 10.0
  • Features 8.0
  • Interface 10.0
  • Performance 10.0
9.3 Overall

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Review

The best maps app you'll find on Android

Jul 2013

The newest version of Google Maps for Android offers one of the most robust mapping experiences I've seen. Long a staple in every Android user's app drawer, the app has gone even further this week, with the additions of personalized mapping experiences, recommendations, more Zagat integration, and more. Further, all that Google Maps has to offer has been packaged in a cleaner, more minimal interface that's optimized to your screen, whether you're using the app on a tablet or a smartphone.

But as good as the new Google Maps app is, it's important to note that the added improvements did come at a cost, as a few important features have been changed and altogether removed. For instance, some users will be disappointed to see missing map layers from versions past, and an offline caching feature that has been notably downgraded. Still, with its handful of imperfections in tow, its hard to argue that there's anything better for your mapping needs than Google's default mapping application.

Map basics
The new Android app breaks the map out of the box and covers your whole mobile screen with map data, with the only interface elements being a floating search box up top, a button to pinpoint your current location on bottom, and a slide-out menu on the left. As a whole, Google Maps is cleaner than ever and runs more smoothly as well.

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  • Brand Google
  • App Store Name Google Play
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