Google Maps for Android updated, brings new application Places

Alright, I need to get this off my chest. I’m an iPhone user, and as such the one thing that makes me stark-raving green with envy is Android’s implementation of Google Maps (and Google Voice, but mostly Maps). Full OS integration? Check. Free turn-by-turn navigation? Check. And — as of today — location aware venue recommendations? Check.

Google has introduced a new feature into the Maps for Android application that aims to bring Yelp-like, location based functionality right to your phone. Search restaurants, coffee shops, bars, ATM’s, gas stations… you name it. The new Places application gives you one-touch access to reviews, directions, pertinent venue information and more. All this is neatly wrapped up and packed into the latest Maps update and integrated right into the Android OS. Version 4.4, is in the Android Market and available for download now. Go get em!

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