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Google Maps 4.5.1 Update Includes Live Wallpaper with Weather

A Google Maps update is available to everyone in the market right now and will bring you up to version 4.5.1.  What’s significant about this version?  It brings weather into the live Maps wallpaper!  It’s pretty hard to see from that screenshot above, but there are actual rain drops splashing on my screen.  Nice touch there Google.  And that’s it as far as I know.

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  • Jakebowenecu

    is anyone else having problems with position updates since 4.5.1. I can not get a GPS fix since the update…. Droid 1

  • Tom

    I also noticed it now gives you the time you will arrive at your destination, rather than the amount of time it's going to take. So, there is also an update to the navigation part.

  • Chris Plotz

    Nothing shows up on my tmobile samsung vibrant. I see the map wallpaper and the settings but no weather is displayed. Why

  • El El Kool J

    Run this live wallpaper and you might as well admit your battery to Hospice!! ya its gonna die 😛

  • mau5hunter

    DL as soon as I saw this and I don't see me changing it anytime soon. This is genius, awesome, and completely impressive. go_ogle magic

  • Justin

    I sent them an email earlier to see if they can make it so when you drive it the map reflects which way your driving and a button to say me on map just in case you scroll around the map to see what route you wanna take,/I ran into traffic earlier and had trouble getting around it cause the map had me going south on the map and I was going north the map wouldn't show me in the direction I was going, I hope they fixed it in 4.5.1

  • The only weather info I see is on my far left home screen. A little banner appears at the top as you go to that screen.

  • theineffablebob

    What skin is that?

  • I guess this is a cool idea, if it didn't lag so much!

    And it shouldn't lag considering my Droid X 2.2 (which is a certified like-new replacement, that went through the correct process of updating) is running super smooth otherwise.

    Apparently live wallpapers shouldn't take much more than 5% of your total battery which imo is worth it, but they lag my phone so I don't use them.

    Also, those of you with battery problems try out Juicedefender beta. I get a huge improvement in battery life, it calculates it at 1.7x. I wouldn't doubt it. It basically turns off your 3g when you turn off your screen, and turns its back on when you turn your screen on (takes about a second). Worth a try.

  • Steven R Saunders

    Anyone else having a problem getting this update?

    1) Maps isn't showing up in my downloads in Market
    2) When I search for it, Market finds it and it looks like it is trying to download but its been like that for quite awhile and doesn't say anything under the download status bar. If I try to cancel it, Market force closes…

    Any ideas?

    • Blackdogg

      You may have to un-install using Titanium Backup. Re-boot, go to market and it should show up as free instead of installed. Try downloading it then.

  • timarnette

    WOW, This is great. See clouds and rain. WTG Google.

    • digsoreos

      I'm not seeing anything but the map. Are you using a home launcher or theme like Launcher Pro? Are you using satellite view or does it not matter?

      • timarnette

        Launcher Pro

        • digsoreos

          I'm using Launcher Pro, too. Still no weather info or any weather drop down on the left most home screen.

  • richlost

    I ain't getting the weather ok my Droid X, I see passing cloud on the map, but no weather box.

    • n0m0n

      Neither am I. When I go into Live Wallpaper and review Maps the weather appears in the top left but when I choose the map wallpaper as my desktop background it doesn't appear.

      Anyone know what or why?


  • Love the update, but still will never use Live Wallpaper ever, battery life is already terrible for my Droid.


    • snafu009

      I, likewise, suffer from less than exceptional battery life; I haven't found the live wallpapers to really affect my battery though (they don't even register enough usage to show up in my “battery usage” shortcut). I guess I don't spend enough time on the homescreen, haha.

    • Droidzilla

      Live wallpapers will affect you to the tune of about 2% or less.

    • Jbk454

      Live water does not effect my battery on the droid 1. I have 100% even after 12 hours of standby.

  • Michael_NM

    Why would anybody use Google maps. Sleazy Navigator is only $10/month… just kidding of course. 🙂

    I love Google Maps, but in this case I think WeatherBug elite has a better live wallpaper. Just saying…

  • wolverinefan

    Real leggie, dont work good at all

    • El El Kool J

      leggie? lol… 😛

  • karl

    If you hate the new search bar that came in the 4.5 update, star the issue here: http://code.google.com/p/android/issues/detail?id=11176

    • Hmm, I kind of like it. Maybe they should just make it a Labs feature instead so that you can turn it on or off.

  • aaaa……….cool?

  • Tehckotek

    how about the battery life on this one?

  • Loving the multiple updates! Googles on it!

  • i have to turn on wifi in order to get my location within 50 meters now? wtf?

    • Michael_NM

      Not true, that option is deceiving. I have wi-fi off, and G-maps displays my correct location right in my home office…

  • Shimmy

    Has walking navigation as well.

    • FortitudineVincimus

      my 4.2.0v has it.

      so never figured out why they act like that is new in the 4.5 versions

  • Chris Nimon

    Raindrops on the screen? Thats the one reason my wife wouldnt let me put LP+ on her phone,she liked how Sense put clouds on her screen lol. Looks like i know whats on my honey do list this weekend.

  • Kraymanbauer

    Anyone know why google maps navigation is still considered “beta”? Works flawlesly for me since I got my d1

    • Kraymanbauer

      Unlike spell check obviously… epic fail.. ME!

  • FortitudineVincimus

    4.5 got such bad reviews – see the market – I never even updated to it. plus that lame hovering search bar. so, I will likely pass on this.

    • Kraymanbauer

      Saw that too. Tx for confirming my gut feeling. Google kicks A but not always perfect.

    • Blackdogg

      I may be dreaming this, but the new version seems to have fewer options than the old one. I seem to remember it having a “my location” option that is missing now…and also layers.

    • FortitudineVincimus

      reasons like below are why I stayed with 4.2