Not a big update for Google Maps for Android, but one cyclists appreciate. Android and Google maps for biking directions was first introduced March 3, 2010. Not really biking season in most places.
Biking directions and extensive bike trail data to Google Maps for the U.S. Biking directions can help you find a convenient and efficient cycling routes that makes use of dedicated bike trails and dedicated lanes that avoids hills when possible. Google Maps makes life easier for bikers, whether they are commuting to work or biking for fun, and it can introduce cycling networks of trails to a whole new audience of cyclists-to-be.
OK lets get to the update
Since launching biking directions on desktop Google Maps, the app was meant to get biking directions, lanes, and trails on your phone too. Just in time for National Bike Month, select the bike icon when getting directions to get an optimal bicycling route in the U.S. If you’re in the mood for a more scenic ride, you’ll also see the Bicycling layer on the map which shows dedicated bike-only trails (dark green), roads with bike lanes (light green), or roads that are good for biking but lack a dedicated lane (dashed green). You can always turn on this layer from the Layers menu to pick your own route. Add in the Labs’ Terrain layer, and you can decide to either climb or avoid that big hill on the way home!
Google Navigation shortcut
If you’re driving instead of riding, we wanted to make it easier and faster for you to get on the road with Google Maps Navigation as soon as you’re ready. With the new Navigation shortcut, you can pick a destination and be on your way with as little as 2 taps of your finger. Select the “Navigation” icon in your phone’s app launcher to get the new destination selection view. Then, speak or type your destination, pick one from your contacts, choose a starred place, or select a recent destination. Navigation will begin and you’re good to go. Make it even easier on yourself by adding the Navigation icon right on your Home screen.
Sharing your routes and trails with others is something we do here. We have been saving hiking and biking trips that we will be sharing with you very soon. Once you figure out where you’re going, why not get some friends to meet you there?
From any search results page, choose to “Share this place” to send that place’s info, such as its address and phone number, to whomever you like. If you want to meet someone on a street corner or gather friends at an outdoor concert, you can also send an exact location from the map -- even a snapshot of your current location. Just use the share option after selecting a point on the map, your “My Location” blue dot, or yourself in Latitude if it’s enabled. Whether you’re sharing a place or a location, you’ll be able to send it to small groups via an email or text message or send it widely with apps like Google Buzz, Facebook, or Twitter.
When we where young and Droid was launched one of the first things Willie did was mount a Droid on His Mountain Bike. Funny as heck as we look back at the video. Mounting Motorola Droid On A Bicycle – How To Videos and Tips If you go to the page you can watch him rip a iPhone carrier apart and build a mounting bracket for his bike.