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Google Maps for BlackBerry v4.2 Adds Biking Directions, Sharing, & Improved Search

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Google updated their hugely popular Google Maps application today to version 4.2 for BlackBerrys. The new version adds biking directions so you can figure out the optimal bike path in the US or view a layer of bike maps or bike only trails along with bike lanes. The biking layer 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).

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Google has also improved the search and added sharing features to the app. Now when you search it will show you pictures and ratings with easy contact information. It will also let you send the info on that page by email or SMS. You can even send a snapshot of where you are on the map to a friend.

You can pick up the new version from from your BlackBerry

Google also mentioned that they have fixed some issues with permissions and BlackBerry Enterprise Server installation on some OS 5.0 devices.

Kudos to Tashanna & Carlos for sending in the tips! – via Google Mobile Blog

6 total comments on this postSubmit your comment!
  1. Nice, downloading now. In the meantime, I’m having my lawyer ready the paperwork to file when I get hit by a car while riding my bike.

  2. That was funny dude…

  3. Actually some complete moron has attempted to sue Google for $100K over their mapping directions –

  4. When installed the app informs me I can share from GMaps directly in Facebook, however I don’t see a way to share in the app other than Buzz, SMS, or E-mail. Anyone see this facebook functionality?

  5. Why can’t you add search results to your Blackberry contacts? Am I missing something? I need that utility!

  6. Looks like Google forgot about the Storm devices again. On my Storm2, I lost all screen touch capabilities. You’d think they would have learned their lesson the last time when they released 4.01. 🙁

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