Google has released an update to the Google Maps application with version 1.6. I have not managed to find a changelog for this new version but there seem to be some significant speed updates in the new version.
I get a GPS lock on my BlackBerry 8800 within seconds after starting the program. The only downside to the update is that it erases all your bookmarks. I really wish Google would integrate this with your Gmail account so that the addresses can be stored. In the past few versions you will find the following features in Google Maps.
Real-time traffic â€” See where the congestion is, and estimate delays in over 30 major US metropolitan areas.
Detailed directions â€” Whether you plan to walk or drive, your route is displayed on the map itself, together with step-by-step directions.
Integrated search results â€” Local business locations and contact information appear all in one place, integrated on your map.
Easily movable maps â€” Interactive maps let you zoom in or out, and move in all directions so you can orient yourself visually.
Satellite imagery â€” Get a bird’s eye view of your desired location. (It’s like you’re there, we swear.)