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New Google Maps 7.0.0 Goes Live in Google Play, Here is the New UI We Saw at Google I/O

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Remember the new Google Maps app for Android that we saw previewed back at Google I/O? It went live this evening for both phones and tablets! Well sort of. As is typical since I/O, Google is using their staged rollout method of releasing app updates, so there is a pretty damn good chance that you can’t download it yet. Sucks, right? But anyways, the new Maps is here! 

We have only spent a couple of minutes with it, but the differences are noticeable almost immediately. You now have a much more open main map screen that gives you the opportunity to view more at all times. To access some of your favorite options (like bicycling, satellite, or traffic), you can swipe from the left on the tiny menu button tucked in the bottom left hand corner. But if you want to make a quick search or pull up nearby locations, feel free to tap in the search bar located at the top. If you want to get even more detailed, or want directions, tap the little directional icon that is situated in the search box.

Those are just some of the changes we are noticing up front, but there will likely be more tricks tucked inside this massive update. Feel free to share your findings in the comments!

Here is the changelog:

  • New design for Android phones and tablets
  • Enhanced navigation including live traffic updates, incident reports and dynamic rerouting
  • Explore: A new way to browse and discover popular local places to eat, drink, shop, play and sleep

Play Link

Note:  If you can’t find it live in Google Play, feel free to stop by this link (mirror). Unfortunately, those links may only work for 4.2+.

According to Google Play, you have to be running Android 4.0.3+ in order to install this from Google Play.

Update:  As many have pointed out in the comments, Offline maps are now gone after the update, and that is incredibly unfortunate. Latitude is also gone, but that’s likely because it is a part of Google+ now.

Update 2:  Google has finally posted an announcement of the new Maps v7.0 with news of offline maps (they are still there!) and Latitude.

Cheers Dave!

  • Ben S

    I used to love google maps! Over the last 3 days I have came to hate it. This is the worst upgrade I have EVER experienced. What is GOOGLE thinking? How I wish I could go back to the old maps. Now I know what iPhone users experienced when they lost Google maps. I feel like I’ve lost it as well. Maybe I can get the Apple map app?

    Really Google….. who is in charge of your testing program? Send them out the door.

  • James Henley


  • JohnMiller2013

    Maps 7.0 has been a terrible experience for me.

    When I am using Navigation and get certain kinds of notifications, then come back to Navigation, I am faced with the “start location/destination” prompt (can’t get back to the active navigation screen), and if I try to re-type in those points, the application crashes, and continues to crash until I restart my phone. (It is a Galaxy S4)

    Also, I strongly dislike having to type in my “starting point” (Just start where I am!)

    Also, I often get a bogus “No Network Connection” error when typing in the locations, that never used to pop up (and my signal is very strong).

  • Michael Metrick

    Are you guys kidding? This is the WORST update I’ve ever seen for any app. Fonts are thinner, letters seem faded, making it DANGEROUS to use while driving. (A navigation tool that cannot be used while driving. Not good.)

    In the old version, when the red dot turned red, you click in the dot to see the traffic layer. Now, you need to completely EXIT navigation, then pull up MAPS,then navigate (somehow!) to the traffice layer, then restart Navigation and re-enter the desination info to get restarted again. All while driving at 65 mph? ARE YOU SERIOUS?

    Obviously, the kid who redesigned this hasn’t gotten his drivers license yet. Otherwise he’d know that this can;t be used while driving.

    Did I menton that this upgrade SUCKS?

  • Ike

    Why was my places removed from this update. It was a great tool for work and they ruined it. I can’t believe there destroying this app. Google has stopped people from being able to rate this app. I guess the saw how far south this update was heading. I hope they kill this update soon.

  • Julian Coronado

    I still haven’t gotten the update! I have a Verizon Galaxy S3 running Jellybean 4.1.2, is the staged rollout fiinished? Or are there others out there like me?

  • markgbe

    LAME. still no update. come on mannnnnn

  • Jon Kruse

    I got the update last night and noticed I do not have the Explore option at all. Any ideas on why that wouldn’t be showing up?

  • Mark Mann

    what are the chances that uninstalling and then reinstalling will just install the new version?

    • Jon Kruse

      That worked for me. Try it out.

      • Mark Mann

        i got the sideload to work…but its great that there’s other workarounds

  • Brien Gerber

    Click on the search bar and scroll to the bottom and you will see “make this map area available offline”

  • otpuv

    Don’t support my places. Be careful !!!

  • TeeJay1100

    Google Maps for the WIN…

  • Tom Z

    Does anyone one have a link to the latest Version 6 in case this new version is crippled too much? (loss of stared places would be a killer for me)

  • jboogie1289

    Can’t get it to load. Something about a “parsing error”. Saw below that another Samsung S3 had issues. Hmmm…….. Will restart and try again.

  • TylerCameron

    Why is Google still doing the awful staged rollouts thing still?

  • Ryan Chapman

    I am hoping that one day they will add in live incident reporting like Waze… Living in Los Angeles, having real time updates makes a huge difference.

  • FAL_Fan

    I don’t like it, didn’t have all “my places” any longer so I had to uninstall it and reinstall version 6 something from the market.

    • Steve Benson

      That’s because the capacitive menu button is supposed to die already. Menu buttons are so Gingerbread.

  • Joseph Strickfaden

    It’s not coming up for me, Note 2 / 4.1.2 / verizon / EST

    • jboogie1289

      Same here. Saw another member that did get it to work on their Note 2. I didn’t restart but nothing yet! Grrr….

      • Joseph Strickfaden

        I been turning on and off my phone, battery removed, and “checking for updates” its not that big of a deal, but I like it when my apps are up-to-date..

        • jboogie1289

          Yeah, same here. I’ll do a restart and after that a battery pull. If I don’t get it after that then I’ll wait it out too. No biggie.

  • Phil Whittemore

    Best part for me is that I noticed there are no more background running services. There used to be 2 and sometimes a third on that kept saying “restarting”. I always thought this was redundant as google already gets my location. NICE!

  • EMcTx

    Disappointed that they got rid of the bigger text option that was included in the labs section. The writing is so tiny on my s4.

  • Robert Macri

    Google Plus works better, imo, then latitude for location tracking. I’m happy to see latitude go.

    • Jon Kruse

      They had definitely given up on updating Latitude in Google Maps. It was struggling.

  • coolsilver

    Navigation lost good functional UI. It’s a mess. I can’t use the zoomed out map anymore because detail of route is tiny and blended too much with other map details. Starred places list gone. Home button sometimes half way down screen. App crashes when switching away. It’s hard to back out to directions search to get alternate routes manually when you know Maps too you through a town adding 15 minutes of traffic lights it doesn’t account for. … I like that at least I could see the one accident on the map this morning looks cleaner but lost a lot.

  • Adam Truelove

    If offline maps support is still there, I can’t find how to get to it.

  • Dominick White

    I am liking the new look so far.

  • komaboy

    The offline maps feature is not included in today’s release of the new Google Maps app (version 7.0) for Android.

    “We know a lot of you love offline maps, and we’ve included a special feature hidden in the app that allows you to pre-load an area of the map you need offline simply by going to that area in the app and typing “OK Maps” in the search box (or speaking “OK Maps” into your Android device). That area will then be pre-loaded to your device cache and accessible when you don’t have a connection. Just return to that area of the map, and it will be available to you.”


  • All Google websites, services and apps will not load. Very strange as Ive never seen Google go down.

  • tony

    So if “OK Maps” on search is for offline maps than where does it go and how do I delete it or pull up the map?

    • Robert Macri

      KO Maps ?

  • Scott Meyer

    Lost ability to “search nearby.” Sucks.

    • Robert Macri

      I believe you just search from the search bar

  • PSU_DI

    Here is the full scoop on Lattitude. It’s gone the way of Google Reader….


    Google Latitude will be retired on August 9th, 2013, so even if you don’t update the Map app the feature will stop working. I used latitude quite a bit, I’m disappointed to see it go.

  • Joe

    Why is it that my phone doesnt show the update yet but it does for you guys? Running a GS4 on 4.2

    • Steve Benson

      Most everyone here installed it manually because of Google’s staged rollouts.

      You can wait for it to be pushed to your device (maybe today, maybe next week) or you can find a link in the comments and install it yourself.

  • No Latitude option I’m a little sad about that but I can live with it! But no labs, no terrain options and no My Places which I use to pre-plan all my trips, holidays and night’s out, I am majorly raged!!

    • Robert Macri

      It still shows “Nearby Saved Places” not sure if that the same as My Places

      • Cale Jr

        It’s not. Being able to save a “my places” custom map on a computer before going on a trip, and then pulling it up and having instant access to everywhere you want to go was an amazing feature. I read somewhere that it will eventually be supported with this new version, but who knows when that will be. I wish more people used this feature so it would be a priority 🙁

  • Omar McFarlane

    Thnx for the link

  • CodeToJoy

    For offline maps, search for “OK Maps” when you’re looking at what you want available offline.

    • tony

      Interesting. Sounds like something you would be able to do with Google Glass. “Ok Glass”

  • Josh

    I just installed this via the mirror (couldn’t get Google Play to load up/refresh), and when I open and run it, I get a “no connection” error (maybe related to what’s going on with Google Play?). Anyone else?

  • Steve Benson

    Great design overall. Finally looks like a Jelly Bean app instead of an ICS/Gingerbread hybrid.

    Love that they finally ditched the separate Nav app icon. I prefer the way they consolidated it into one app. The transition from looking up directions to actually navigating is quick and smooth. Totally seamless. Also, the navigation window doesn’t look like Gingerbread anymore.

    I noticed if you tap the clock at the bottom of the navigation page you can switch from estimated arrival time > estimated time left > miles remaining. Very nice touch.


    Uhm… where is Latitude?!

    • Robert Macri

      Gone… They want you to use Google+ which added location several months ago

    • Steve Benson

      Latitude has been killed by Google.

    • DMBatCOFC

      Well this is unfortunate. I use this on a daily basis to see where family and friends are…. disappointed.

      • Steve Benson

        Here you go: http://www.androidcentral.com/google-confirms-latitude-being-retired-august-9

        It’s official. August 9 – Latitude is dead. I don’t really blame Google, hardly anybody used this feature.

        If you still need this feature, just turn it on in Google+.

        • DMBatCOFC

          Thank you very much for this information. Does anyone know of a solid alternative?

          • Steve Benson

            You might try out Google+. Open the app, tap menu > Locations > Enable location sharing.

            I honestly don’t know how well it works, since I don’t use these features, but you could give it a shot.

  • DanSan

    was playing with it last night, absolutely gorgeous design. love it

  • Robert Macri

    4.2 here… offline is working well.

  • JimmyHACK

    Latitude is being retired next month: https://support.google.com/gmm/answer/3001634

  • Steve Douglas

    FYI. CNET is showing to store the maps offline… So it looks like it’s just hidden… http://reviews.cnet.com/8301-13746_7-57593006-48/how-to-cache-offline-maps-in-google-maps-7.0/?part=rss&subj=news&tag=title

  • ddevito

    The UI is nice, but once again Google completely screws up their design language, not to mention take away one of Maps best features (offline maps). None of their other apps have this design, this doesn’t make any sense. All they did was port the iOS UI over and all of you are drooling over it.

    Man o man how times have changed

    *EDIT* – offline maps is there but buried, but still don’t like the new UI

    • richie97

      Seeing as iOS is using Google new design language, is that such a bad thing? I mean honestly, the iOS apps looked more like an Android app than anything else.

      • Steve Benson

        This is true.

  • pookietookie

    No more measure tool… This was REALLY useful. What a shame this is gone.

    • hkklife

      Yep, I used the measure tool quite often when checking out various pieces of property out in the field. Typical Google…giveth on one hand and taketh on the other. Otherwise, I like the non-claustrophobic UI and the speed improvements but it does feel less intuitive overall.

  • mentaltofu

    Anyone sort out how to get the zoom buttons (i.e. the +/-) back? There used to be an option in settings but I can’t find it now

  • James_C_L

    Looks nice but street view is really fucked up. Low res, slow load, can’t

    • Steve Benson

      Only for you. Looks great here, just like before.

      • Shahzad Malik

        How do I access Street View from the new Google Maps update?

  • the-kenny

    Offline Maps is NOT GONE. Just enter ‘ok maps’ as the search term.

  • James_C_L

    Street view is seriously f*kd up. Res is extremely low, can’t navigate.. Galaxy note 2

  • Alexandru

    For Offline Maps, just write “ok maps” in the search bar

    • Ben Miller

      thats works! but with much smaller areas than on the old version. but why would they hide it like this?

      • Alexandru

        I have no idea, maybe they want to improve this function but they wanted to release this version anyway

  • Sohan

    Saw somewhere if you type “Ok maps” in search menu of maps cached maps will be stored for offine

  • possomcrast1

    Individual icons within the app look really low-res on the DNA. I wonder if this is because I downloaded it from a third party and it’s not the correct update for a 1080p display.

    • Steve Benson

      I’m seeing the same thing on my GS3. I sideloaded this version: http://db.tt/hLk7mMnP

      I’ll probably uninstall this version once I’m done playing with it and wait for the official one to be pushed to my phone. I can’t imagine Google gave us lo res images.

  • Chris

    Just an FYI for anyone that was bummed about offline maps. Theres a way to do it but it takes a little bit more time:


  • Inquizitor

    This is really beautiful, but I think I may have to just hold off on this. I love offline maps, and my Nexus is already slow as molasses anyway.

  • Nainam Malik
  • Capt. Crunch

    Looks like they combined maps and navigation into one app.

    • Jason G

      Has anyone tried Navigation yet? It may have some nice new features with traffic alerts, but I think the new UI is awful (for the driver… maybe good for a walker?)

      • Steve Benson

        I used it this morning, it’s really nice.

        Tap the clock at the bottom to rotate from estimated arrival time > estimated time left > miles left. Pretty nice.

    • coolsilver

      It has been for a long while.

  • Austin Ochoa

    The amount of people who dont actually read the articles and just post on here baffles me.Sad really.

  • Danno8286

    Any idea how to bring up a list of all my stared places? Not just ones near me or recently searched?

  • boogie_monster

    @kellex:disqus , here is the APK from my Xoom running Stock 4.1.2 unrooted, so in
    case you guys want to install it on devices lower than 4.2 you can use
    this link:


    or maybe this:


  • Guest

    Kellex B here is the APK from my Xoom running Stock 4.1.2 unrooted, so in case you guys want to install it on devices lower than 4.2 you can use this link:


    or maybe this:


    • Zane Mikel

      Thank you so much! You’re awesome, it works on my S3

    • THESE WORK!!! Thank you man!

  • BRIM

    Here’s a nice tidbit: this new UI…ffinally matches the iOS version they released in December.

    How about that, eh? *sigh*

  • Clayton

    I just found out that if you shake the phone, it will force close. The shake to bring up the feedback menu must be broken. It’s actually kind of funny.

    • Paul Hansen

      I actually noticed the same thing and was about to post it when I saw you beat me to it lol

    • Rojo623

      It works well for me actually. Submits feedback or error/bugs as desired.

    • You might need the latest version of Google Play Services.

  • Lakerfan

    Terrible. How can they release with less features?

    • Inquizitor


      To respond: they just can. At the end of the day, they’ll do whatever the hell they want. Maybe it wasn’t used that much (it wasn’t very well advertised, in-app or otherwise). Maybe it was too much of a legal or logistical headache. I know I couldn’t get them when I traveled overseas, so maybe Google thought it wasn’t worth maintaining just for their Android app in the US.

  • droidrazredge

    Has anyone figured out how enable/show Google Latitude or make it so that you can have maps offline ? If Google at least axed latitude so that we now use the Google+ sharing location can anyone shed light onto this ? I’m going to miss Latitude if this is the case. It was one of features I really used in the previous version of Maps. Offline maps I could survive if it does not come back.

  • Clay

    It doesn’t quite feel like it was made for android. The action drawer does not feel like it does in other android apps, and it seems less smooth than previous versions, but hopefully these things will be fixed soon. There are some nice improvements though.

  • BRIM

    I love THIS: http://i.imgur.com/4D1pdd4.jpg

    Just shows how much Android has become a beautiful UI. Slowly but surely.

    • Ooh that is really nice.

      • BRIM

        It’ll pop up when you tap on the “search bar.”

      • wade_county

        wheres labels? atms, gas stations, restaurants etc.
        Can’t find it in Navigation.

        • BRIM

          Look in the screenshot I posted above. They’re there.

          • wade_county

            Dude, that’s Google Now/search. Why would I want that while I’m driving and using navigator?

            Edit: Now I see it.

      • NexusPhan69
        • Justin Barrett

          Good find. Hopefully Kellen updates the post with this.

          • NexusPhan69

            It showed up in my Google News feed. Man, Google knows me way to well.

    • Christian

      How did you get to that screen? 😛

      • BRIM

        It took a while to “kick in” I guess because I was looking for it, after seeing it on the app’s preview screenshots. But finally came across it after going back and forth into “search.”

        Here’s where it pops up: http://i.imgur.com/wp7q9Xe.jpg

        • Christian

          Ah okay looks awesome. Thanks!

          P.S. You’re absolutely right about Android maturing in design. I was reminiscing over this screenshot I dug up in my documents the other day 😉


          • BRIM

            It’s like watching your little one grow right before your eyes…


          • Capt. Crunch

            Wow Droid Life should really do an Android then and now article showing how the android UI and core apps have evolved. Steal This idea Kellex!

          • Elliot Kotis

            Wow, crap, I arrived shortly after this, can’t believe that! Rooted? We didn’t have screenshots, back then!

          • Christian

            Haha I believe that was taken via USB debugging and the DDMS program.

        • Mital Patel

          How did you got explore screen ?

          just installed on my note2 4.1x and its working.

          Somehow I dont see Explore .

          can you guide exactly how one get explore screen ?

          • BRIM

            It seems to pop up only when you’re viewing a “popular” area.

            Go to a main city or downtown area near you on you map and then press the search bar. It should be there.

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      • Subpepa

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  • Ben

    It should work if you use a root file explorer. Copy and paste the .apk to your /system/app directory. Then, long press on the .apk and click properties. Change permissions to look like this:

    [v] [v] [ ]

    [v] [ ] [ ]

    [v] [ ] [ ]

    • Ben

      Oh, and then, reboot. Forgot that part.

      • Mark Mann

        worked…thanks for the tip!

  • n11

    I really don’t like the new web map of google maps.
    Why can’t I right-click for options? Seems like a brain-dead solution for options.
    Why is the satellite view in the lower left hand corner? Really doesn’t stand out hiding behind local photos.
    Getting to see street view is a pain in the ass, why not just have the little yellow man available to drag at any point I want to?
    I’m using the old google maps for now until google fixes these stupid flaws.
    I’m putting my hope into that the app version is better than the web version.

    • I would have to agree with you on this. It looks pretty at first glance, but it’s impossible to find any options and painful to use. It takes minimal about 3 steps too far.

    • BRIM

      Probably why it’s beta.

    • decidedtochangename

      I would imagine they want to align user experience across all platforms. With touch being the focus the right-click options are unfortunately going be removed.

      • n11

        Seeing as I can’t touch my non-touchscreen monitor, I figured right-clicking would be the next best alternative.

        • decidedtochangename

          Then I would have to imagine they saw from where the majority of their maps traffic comes from made the decision. Personally I barely use it on my desktop and use it almost daily on my phone.

  • BRIM

    Few things:

    -Where did Offline Maps go?
    -Wish they would merge Google Earth. I want 3D animations as a layer not a different app

    But LOVE the new UI.

    However, it is SLOW. Getting 22FPS :/

    • Pratik Holla

      -Offline maps has been removed in this version sadly. But I think they will bring it back. Hopefully, it will be reworked and better integrated allowing for offline location search and navigation.

      -Lattitude has been removed as far as i can tell.
      -100% agree. No reason for another app.

      • usaff22

        Type “Ok Maps” or “Okay Maps” into the search box, hit enter and you can make it available offline.

    • jeff manning

      I noticed the slow FPS on my gf’s iphone version. I was hoping they would not build the animations in the same way but apparently this did not happen. The low frame rate really bothers me. Hopefully they can fix this,

      Running on a Nexus 4. Iphone fps has not been fixed

  • BRIM

    This is the FIRST time I get an update JUST as it releases. I should go play the lottery tomrrow.

  • Zane Mikel

    Downloaded the apk to my Galaxy S3 and it’s telling me there’s a “Parsing error”. what

    • Rojo623

      must be 4.2 and up 🙁

      • Supposed to be 4.0.3 and up.

        • Rojo623

          I wish.
          Not working on my Note 2 or S3. Similar comments on most other forums.

          • Looks like the apks we have are for 4.2+ but the update will work on 4.0.3+. We just need those other apks.

          • Rojo623

            waiting on whatever comes first.
            So did you notice the new Maps is very close to the iOS version… but with extra features?

          • Rojo623

            I TAKE IT BACK!!!!
            I installed it from the webtop version of the play store and it’s working on my Note 2! WHOOOOoooOOO

  • Kyle

    what happened to offline maps?

  • Tom Z

    It sounds like this update may have removed some features. Is there a way to get back to the previous version if I try the update?

  • David

    missing latitude :/

    • Lakerfan

      Yep…noticed that too…wonder if they are killing it off in favor of Google+ location which is currently terrible and has no ios support…

      • Paul Hansen

        Yeah, it’s actually in the notes that this is why it was removed. It’s part of G+

  • Tom Z

    What’s the difference between the traffic we have now and “live traffic updates” seems to me to be the same thing…

    • Rojo623

      As i understand it, the traffic we have not does not change after it’s first routed. the updated maps will change with traffic conditions anywhere along your trip.

  • BrendonSF

    Can’t get either of the download links to install on my S3. Get the message “error parsing package”

    • Rob

      I think you have to be on 4.2

      • Rojo623

        you speak the truth.

        • jboogie1289

          How so?

      • Zane Mikel

        My S3 is running 4.1.2 and apparently it’s supposed to work on devices 4.0.3+. Hmmm

    • Looks like the mirrors we have are for 4.2+. The Play store listing does say that the new Maps works on 4.0.3+, but there may be separate apks for that.

      All those links installed fine on my 4.2 devices and failed on my 4.1 HTC One.

    • Ben

      If you’re rooted, you could always change the app permissions and see if that works. I added the steps a few posts down.

  • Christian

    How do we get to the “Explore” window shown in the Google Play listing? I wonder if some of the features just aren’t live yet…

  • Christian

    I’m guessing this got ditched in favor of Google+ location sharing. I’m not positive though