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Google Maps Updated to Version 5.8, Photo Uploads and Other Places Features Included

Another Google Maps update should be waiting for you in the market; this time taking you to version 5.8 that includes a whole bunch of Places additions.  Users now have the ability to attach photos to their favorite places and also add locations that may be missing.  Google is certainly doing their best to try and make this your social check-in service of choice.  I’d say they are doing a pretty nice job of it – now to try and convince all of our friends to ditch Foursquare for this.  See that happening any time soon?  

The full changelog:

  • Upload photos for a Place
  • My Places as a simple way to manage the Places you’ve starred and recently viewed
  • Descriptive terms for Places in search results
  • Add a new Place on-the-go when checking in

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And maybe this is old, but it sure looks like Maps in general are showing a lot more detail than they have in the past.  Check out this map of Portland that shows building and housing layouts on streets and blocks in areas close to downtown.  Has it always been like that?  Feel free to tell me that I need to wake up and that it has been like that forever.

Via:  Google Mobile

  • Jmadrid25

    I anyone else noticing that your contacts addresses do not show up in Navigation now since the update?  Once I uninstall the latest Google map update they return.   Any thoughts?

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    Maybe they need to work more on not putting me half a mile away from my destination when i’m using the nav function

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  • Anonymous

    I just paid $22.87 for an iPad2-64GB and my girlfriend loves her Panas0nic Lumix GF 1 Camera that we got for $38.76 there arriving tomorrow by UPS. I will never pay such expensive retail prices in stores again. Especially when I also sold a 40 inch LED TV to my boss for $675 which only cost me $62.81 to buy. Here is the website we use to get it all from, http://to.ly/aQrp

  • Mike

    Getting tough to rock an OG Droid with this beast weighing in at 11 MB and the new market not far behind at 7MB

  • Again? I swear Google updates Maps more often than I update my Twitter.

  • Has anybody else had trouble getting this to load after updating? I’m running CM7 RC 1.3 on a Thunderbolt. I tried rebooting and clearing app data.

  • Raven

    People still use FourSquare?  I have never actually met anyone that uses it.  Checking in to Facebook Places is the most popular thing with the people I know although I personally think that Google Latitude/Places is far superior.

    • Anonymous

      what? foursquare is growing as we speak. Facebook places is full of duplicate venues. It sucks major balls.

      • Anonymous

        Forget about Facebook..it’s now all about Google+!

    • I am an avid FourSquare user, but I also use Google Maps when I can remember to. I’ve developed a FourSquare habit. It’s nearly impossible for me to go somewhere without checking in now. Took two years to get this way, but I am proud. I waste my time telling all my friends, family, and quite possibly my enemies where I am at all times. You could create behavior patterns based on my usage of FourSquare. I don’t think anything beats FourSquare … and absolutely FORGET Facebook Places. They make it impossible to check in on the official app, and the other apps aren’t so user friendly either – but that could just be me. (shrugs)

  • Anonymous

    I’ve been wanting to manage my starred places for ages.  The island of Manhattan looks like one giant yellow blob when I zoom out.

    • I was hoping this would be the case – I live in NY too, but it looks like there’s now just a list of your places. You can’t, for instance, turn on just starred restaurants or just starred bars. 

      • Anonymous

        Yeah, I got a little too excited a little too soon.  One day…

        The “My Places” starred places tab seems to arbitrarily sort your places by relative distance…at least appears to be trying to do so.  It’s actively changing as I look at it now, with some duplicates.  Anywho, it’ll be handy for when I’m trying to kill time in a random part of NYC; I can wander to my nearest starred brewpub.

  • I wouldn’t ditch FourSquare for this. FourSquare is an entirely different beast and is cross platform.

    • Anonymous


      • Adam Elghor


    • I can’t believe people are actually saying that foursquare is not the standard for checking-in.

      Let’s face it, foursquare just does it better.

    • Anonymous

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  • Anonymous

    Man, busy news day. I like it.

  • I’m the mayor of mcalisters…no way im giving that up.

    • EC8CH

      ^ this guy likes his sammaches