Google will be releasing its new Maps app for Android over the next however long. It looks cool but it brings to mind just how backwards the company can be sometimes with regard to its new bread and butter: Android users.
You see, this simple statement from the Google Latlong blog announcing this ‘new’ release says a lot.
The new Google Maps for mobile builds on the design we released for iPhone last December and improves on it with a few useful search and navigation features. And it’s the first dedicated app for Android tablets and iPads. We’re also retiring Latitude and are making some changes to offline and My Maps
In its attempt to continue to fight Apple on its iOS battlefield, Android users got pushed to the back of the bus for six months. Well, the wait is over. Here is a video showing how someone might land in a city with nothing to do and then have something to do. It’s very realistic since most folks fly places with no plans all the time.
Engadget summarizes the improvements with this