Have you ever tried accessing Google Maps from your mobile browser? If so, you no doubt realized that it didn't exactly give you the desired results -- being that it allowed you to actually use Google Maps. Instead, it detected your mobile browser and then offered up a mobile app link so that you may download the Google Maps application. Not exactly ideal, but it worked for most users.
Google has looked at the numbers behind all this, and it was revealed a while ago that 40 percent of their Google Maps traffic actually comes to them from mobile devices. With that in mind, Google has now changed how Google Maps works in mobile browsers. From here on out, when visiting http://maps.google.com on your device you will be given a much access to Google Maps as it was meant to be, allowing you to:
- See your current location
- Search for what’s nearby with suggest and auto complete
- Have clickable icons of popular businesses and transit stations
- Get driving, transit, biking, and walking directions
- Turn on satellite, transit, traffic, biking, and other layers
- View Place pages with photos, ratings, hours, and more
- When signed into your Google account, access your starred locations and My Maps
We're certain many of you out there will still be using the dedicated Google Maps application but having choice in the matter is the best thing here. Instead of firing up the app next time, try it in browser and see how well it works for you.
Source: Google Mobile Blog