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Maps Measure for Android Lets You Measure Distances and Areas in Google Maps

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If you’ve ever wanted to quickly check distances, Google Maps hasn’t had the most streamlined of approaches. And don’t even think about areas, as Google has yet to implement this feature in both the desktop and mobile versions of Maps. Maps Measure is a handy new app letting users quickly check up on areas or distances simply, even all the way across the world.

The design of the app is simple — drop points wherever you want by searching for addresses, and then choose whether you want the distance between them or the area. You can drop as many points as you would like, so you can go insane with intricate polygons covering the Earth (or at least however much of it Google’s cartographers care to cover).

You can choose satellite or map views when searching around, and can delete points in reverse chronological order by hitting the trash can icon near the top of your screen. I tried the app out for measuring the area of my house and the distance from here to the nearest park, and it seems that accuracy is a non-issue given the performance as of yet.

Possibly the best thing about the application is the fact that it is entirely free, with no in-app purchases or ads. Thanks, devs! Also, Android 4.4 (Kit Kat) transparent notification bars are made use of for applicable users, which gives the app an overall better look.

Weighing in at well under a megabyte, this app is easily recommendable to keep around as a utility for use from time to time. Go check it out.

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  • CheryCerra

    3:45 screen on time if you are playing with the camera a lot. Overall looks like probably 4-5 hrs typical. He has no signal, on WiFi, so may be a little less with cell signal. Or maybe not. Not sure if the phone is actively searching for signal during this video or not. If it is searching then real life screen on time battery use could be over 5hrs. If it’s shut off, not searching, likely a bit under 4hrs, which is still pretty great. http://jieb.be/WFpRZ

  • John Huie

    THANK YOU! I figured out why I ran out of the grass seed that I bought for my supposedly 5,000sq ft lawn. It’s actually 15,000 sq ft. lol.

  • morgan boyle

    google maps effort to stream line the product killed SOOOOO much functionality. now i NEED to use Waze to do certain things.

  • Mikerow Wang

    If I was sunbathing naked face-up in my backyard when the Google/NSA satellite snapped a photo for Google Maps, could I zoom in on my junk and use this tool (no pun) to measure its size?

    • http://www.ytmnd.com MH

      You’d know better than us…

  • M3D1T8R

    Off Topic. I know it’s Sunday night but you guys are missing out on some of the great new HTC One leaks. There’s a good 12 minute video in German (mkbhd linked to the YouTube on his Twitter). Seems to have the 4.1MP “ultrapixel” together with a 2MP additional sensor allowing for after photo effects and changing focus point. Also most interestingly, battery life. My own investigations through careful viewing and keeping track of battery %, extrapolated out to a full 100% of battery, indicates as much as 5 hours screen on time. Or 3:45 screen on time if you are playing with the camera a lot. Overall looks like probably 4-5 hrs typical. He has no signal, on WiFi, so may be a little less with cell signal. Or maybe not. Not sure if the phone is actively searching for signal during this video or not. If it is searching then real life screen on time battery use could be over 5hrs. If it’s shut off, not searching, likely a bit under 4hrs, which is still pretty great.

  • Spider210

    Anyway to convert to miles?

    • NexusPhan

      “Okay Google, convert XXX to miles”

      • BeeBop

        I just had to reply!

  • MichaelFranz

    Looks like an ingress MU field….wonder if the data they collect from the game help Ed this…

    • David Pollette

      Red faction?

      • MichaelFranz

        Shapers,….there was talks of adding a 3rd faction to the game

  • G2AllTheWay

    This app still won’t help The Narrator measure the square footage of his parents basement where he lives!

  • interstellarmind

    Great app… but I wish I could use it in the actual Google Maps app. It’d get pretty annoying to go back and fourth between the two.

  • element8nyc

    a bit overkill on the image resolutions lately, aren’t we?

  • abqnm

    Thanks for this! Don’t know how I missed it.

    On a side note, the developer has always been quite good as well. J4VELIN makes some other useful apps too. Been using Delayed Lock for a long time now with great results. And for those that love CM Style notification toggles, they were one of the first to release an app that does this.

    Check out their other apps when you click through to the Play Store.

    • abqnm

      I just want to elaborate on my opinion of the developer, J4VELIN. Since posting my original comment 2 hours ago, I installed this app and tried it out. I am in the US, and the distance and area units were less than ideal (yards and acres), but this is understandable as Thomas, the developer is in Europe, and not intimately familiar with what units are preferred in out odd country. After some communication with him on this and a display bug in the app, Thomas has already solved both issues and an update should be coming. All in less than 2 hours. I’m just saying.

      I am in no way associated with the developer. I just wanted to share my thoughts on my experience with him and his level of support for his products.

      Here is his website that shows his other apps. http://j4velin-systems.de

      (Mods, if you want me to remove the website link, I will. I just thought people may want to know more.)

      • rawr

        If you weren’t associated you wouldn’t say “I am in no way associated”.

        No one who talks about their real experiences does that.

  • Jared Denman

    This is VERY handy for my job! Thanks!

  • breadable

    Nice!

  • Ray

    I remember when measuring distances in Google maps was a option under labs it worked great.

    • IncCo

      Still works great since i refuse to update it.

      • Ray

        wow so your running a google maps version from over a year ago?

        • IncCo

          Indeed, works just fine.

      • KidFlash1904

        What version are you running?

        • LionStone

          It’s version 6.14.4 and I keep that version on my DNA for these extra functions. I have the updated version on my N5 and the old version runs just as well as the new version.

        • IncCo

          6.14.4 Like Lion said ;)

    • Justin Osborne

      They have it in the new Maps builder thing they have, supposedly, but it’s not in the “free” edition. It was very frustrating last time I wanted to find the distance and had to figure out how to get to the old version of Maps for the measurement lab…

    • Higher_Ground

      I remember when it wasn’t a PITA to drop a pin to find places, too. I wish they’d give up on some of the UI “improvements” and go back to what worked before.