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Android is about to get a new Google Maps update – download it here before it’s released

Updated Dec 19th, 2018 9:00PM EST
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If a survey asked smartphone users to identify the mobile apps they cannot live without, we have no doubt that Google Maps would find itself very close to the top of the list. As such, it’s always worth bringing the news to users’ attention when a new update is released — or is about to be released.

Google Maps 9.9 for Android devices is ready to roll out to devices around the world, but you don’t have to wait another minute to download it.

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The good news is that yes, Google Maps is about to be updated and you can download the new version right now. Mind you, this is the finished version of the app that Google will release to the world, so you don’t have to worry about any issues that might pop up in pre-release versions of software.

But the bad news is that this is a pretty minor update.

Most of the changes are minor wrinkles that have been ironed out behind the scenes. The one change that you’ll notice immediately, as Android Police points out, is that the status bar at the top of the screen is now translucent instead of black. It’s certainly not a big deal, but it looks pretty nice.

You can download Google Maps 9.9 for free by clicking this link, or you can wait for the update to hit the Play store.

Zach Epstein
Zach Epstein Executive Editor

Zach Epstein has been the Executive Editor at BGR for more than 10 years. He manages BGR’s editorial team and ensures that best practices are adhered to. He also oversees the Ecommerce team and directs the daily flow of all content. Zach first joined BGR in 2007 as a Staff Writer covering business, technology, and entertainment.

His work has been quoted by countless top news organizations, and he was recently named one of the world's top 10 “power mobile influencers” by Forbes. Prior to BGR, Zach worked as an executive in marketing and business development with two private telcos.

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