This seems to be the week for Google’s mobile app updates, right? The company has just released a revamped version of the Google Maps for Windows Mobile. The new version comes complete with a couple of changes, including functional route mapping and clearly marked turn-points on every loaded map. The new version is also the first to be released as a stand-alone native Windows Mobile app, having graduated from Java-midlet status. The updates, which bring the software up to version 1.7.1.4, are certainly welcome, but they still fail to bring Google Maps up to par with some of the other mobile mapping solutions currently available. Sure, it’s free, but voice commands never hurt anyone, right?

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Born with a cell phone in one hand and a tablet in the other, Josh Karp has followed his love of technology through to the present day. As a Special Correspondent at BGR, Josh covers press conferences, trade shows and other events around the world. An expert in all things mobile, Josh has more than eight years of experience covering the wireless industry.