Posted January 8, 2009 9:16 am by with 17 comments

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bbscreenBy: Carrie Hill

Google Maps for Mobile just made it easier than ever to get directions to that business you’re headed for on the fly.

With the server side change, you can get directions to your business destination by entering the name into the start OR end point.  Until the change today – Google Maps for Mobile would look for an address with the word “Starbucks” in it – instead of looking for the business named Starbucks.

I use my phone a lot when I travel to find restaurants – subway stations – coffee shops – things I need but wouldn’t feel comfortable wandering around searching the city for.  I also love to have directions when I give a cabbie an address so I can at least know we’re going in the right general direction.  I’m a mountain girl – I’m directionally challenged without the mountains to the east and the plains to the west.

If you already have Google Maps for Mobile installed on your phone, you’re ready to go – there’s no upgrade or changes that need to be made.

Carrie Hill is the SEO Team leader for Blizzard Internet Marketing where she specializes in optimizing travel, tourism and accommodations websites.

  • Yes a Godsend for travelers to find places in strange territory.

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  • This is very useful for travelers. I’m always on my mobile device when traveling. So I appreciate when they simplify applications like this.

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  • A shame you can’t find jobs with Google Maps 😛

  • Can’t even tell you how much Google Maps for mobile has made my life easier.

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  • Pretty nifty tool! Thanks for the heads up mate. 🙂

    I am forever fascinated with technological innovations around. Life can be real easy and convenient with these great tools at hand. It’s bringing business closer to the people.

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  • It’s nice to see how they keep adding new stuff to old products and freshen them up a little by doing so. 🙂

  • it is great!. i didnt know that the google maps can be used for mobile. i wan to use it for mine .Thanks 🙂

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  • This is awesome. Is this for only Iphone?

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  • Nice little tweak to Google maps for Mobile, with definite merit to it, making the user experience so much easier. Whatever has happened to the old days of maps and scribbled down directions? Just like the mobile phone revolusionized telecommunications, so it is currently becoming an indispensable navigating tool. Let’s face it folks, mobile is where it all is at!

  • This is a nice upgrade for Google maps. I have had trouble in the past using this app and I’m glad they made it a lot nicer.

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  • I can hardly believe that Google maps will simplify the life of the users and make it more convenient.

  • That’s Google for you… every prodcut they have seems to be in a perpetual state of “Beta Mode” always being tweaked, upadted and upgraded… I love it

  • @Silvia, Google Maps for Mobile is of great usage for me. You can believe, it makes my life much easier daily.

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    I have been using google maps for a long time and decided to compare them to yahoo maps. One thing I noticed was yahoo maps a inaccurate. I live by a large dam and on google maps it is displayed quite clearly about 100 metres from my house. Whereas yahoo maps shows it over half a mile away.

    Google maps for mobiles will ease my time and save me money on my mobile broadband costs as I get data transmission free on my Mobile contract

  • wondering about the listing on other part of the globe. I don’t see it that way, anyway.

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  • I just got an iPhone and the Google Maps integration is really amazing.

  • For the longest time I was using Mapquest, but Google Maps is great! I love it