Google Maps update for Android adds public transportation routes

Google has rolled out a new update for Google Maps, and it adds quite a few important things. First and foremost, users can now find public transportation schedules for 500 cities around the world. This was added due to the high volume of requests Google received from Maps users in big cities where a car isn't necessary, and indeed, sometimes proves to be something a nuisance.

Even better is the fact that you can choose which public transportation system you want to see, be it bus, tram, train, or subway. In all, over 1 million different public transportation stops and departure times can now be found on Google Maps, which those living in big cities will find particularly helpful. In addition, the Google Maps app will now show an area surrounded by a border whenever when you search for a postal code. Also included is new My Places functionality, as you now have easier access to your saved maps, and if you have Location History turned on, you can browse through the locations you go to on a daily basis.

This update was rolled out not only to satisfy those living in big cities, but also to give Google an edge against Apple, which is planning its own navigation system with iOS 6. If the rumors are true and Apple is indeed planning to reveal the next iPhone during an event taking place at the beginning of September, then iOS 6 is right around the corner. Google is planning to bring Google Maps to iOS eventually, and it's understandable that it wants to the app to be fully-featured when it arrives.

As time goes on, we're seeing Google Maps become better and better. Google has done a lot to make Google Maps a worthwhile download, but the question is will it be enough when Apple's own navigation system arrives on the scene? We'll just have to wait and find out. Stay tuned, and be sure to check our story timeline below for more posts on Google Maps!

[via Official Google Blog]