Numerous upgrades to the Maps application include biking directions, Google Navigation shortcut and most importantly Location Sharing.
Google’s updated Maps application just got a lot more social including the ability to publish your location via Google Buzz, Facebook or Twitter.
This functionality help Android match devices like Microsoft’s (MSFT) Kin which focus on sharing with social media outlets.
The Maps 4.2 upgrade will also help bikers out…
Say you want to bike from Union Square to Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco. Do you want to do a lot of climbing like the car or walking directions would have you doing or would you rather go along a flat surface on Market St. and the Embarcadero? (below)
I’m lazy so I am glad that biking directions factors in hill (topography) climbing into the equation. The application obviously also gives preference to streets with bike lanes.
Google’s new Navigation menu also gets you on the road faster with only two taps (and/or a voice command) between you and directions.
Google Maps 4.2 is available in the Android Market or here if you are on your Android device now.