Google Maps update

During the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich demo we got to see another use for NFC. Beam, demonstrated sharing of information across devices and it looks like Google has now updated Google Maps to support the feature. You won't find it listed in the change logs though. In fact, the change log only states the update has reduced file sizes for app storage on different devices but the permissions tell the truth. New permissions requested are for NFC and when you put the pieces together, its safe to assume Beam support has been added to Google Maps.

 
There are 11 comments

RaiderWill says:

Cool.

Gekko says:

are the transparent + and - buttons new? i don't recall ever seeing them before and see no mention of them. i like!

zorak950 says:

The buttons have always been there (for me, at least), but they used to be horizontally placed and rounder.

Gekko says:

oh i never saw them before. i used to always pinch to zoom etc. i like the buttons better.

opec says:

do any other phones have nfc right now?
EDIT: i forgot about the nexus s

zacisblack says:

Galaxy S II ATT and T-Mobile, but it's not enabled yet.

soccerfon711 says:

Do you need ICS to use Beam though or can a Nexus S use it right now?

Yup, the buttons are different. Looks sleeker Imo

OmahaPlaya says:

The new buttons are much nicer and work easier on my Thunderbolt.

Gekko says:

Beam. what's old is new again. i remember the IR Beam on my old Palm Pilot.

remember this?

Palm Ad: The Train

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6bcTc8e2-6U

does the new version include the rate places widget? i had to force 5.9 version to keep this widget and was curious if they put it back in.