Layers come to Google Maps for BlackBerry

Wednesday, October 21, 2009 | 8:13 AM

We're excited to announce that version 3.2 of Google Maps for mobile is now available for BlackBerry. This release contains many of the same features we recently launched on Windows Mobile and S60, including Layers.

Layers make it easy to view various types of information on your map and are especially helpful in situations when you're traveling somewhere new. For example, you can turn on the Wikipedia layer to read entries about nearby places, then use the transit lines layer to help map out a route. Or you can use the My Maps feature of Google Maps to create a collection of places you're planning to visit on your trip and then use Google Maps for mobile to access it from the road. You can also turn on the Google Latitude layer to see your friends' locations.

My coworker Mat is a big fan of Layers and made the below video to show you how he uses the feature. Check out the video, and get the latest version of Google Maps for your phone by visiting m.google.com/maps from your phone's browser.



24 comments:

RON said...

new version does not seem to function s well on my Blackberry Storm 9530 on Verizon as previous version

Francis said...

Is there any way you can release this for BlackBerry Storms running OS 5? I know this worked on my device when it was on 4.7, but if you try to DL this from an OS 5 device (my Storm is now on 5.0.0.323), then it tries to download the app for QWERTY BlackBerries. Thanks! Can't wait to use this!

Dan said...

Wow, this is a great new feature. How about taking things a step further with route-centric search ability? Take your gas station search example. Instead of showing me all the gas stations in the area, what if you only showed me gas stations within 1/2 mile of my route? I'd rather drive 15 miles to the next gas station that is on my route than make a 5 mile round trip to the nearest gas station.

kristin said...

If you could just make Google Maps app work with my Storm's GPS, I'd be happy. Right now, with the 4-5 block "rough location" I get in GM, I don't use the app.

I even tried running OS 5 on my Storm as I heard it works under the latest build, but then it didn't even download the correct version of GM (same as previous user) — and Gmail app didn't work at all...but, that's another post I guess...

Pitel said...

And now add these features to J2ME version :)

James said...

Great addition, agree with Dan about the gas stations and the like, maybe you could try to integrate shops and restaurants making it one whole app without having to download several

mmmarce said...

Hmm... I can't get the Latitude layer to load. The others look AWEsome, though!

chaps_ks said...

wonderful app, thank you

hirnschnodder said...

This new version does not run with blackberry-APN!

At BB (as my storm 9500 too) a separate TCP/IP-APN has to been activated before it runs.

But most blackberry-data-plans only allow the blackberry-APN and cannot use another TCP/IP-APN without additional charge.

So I also cannot use this mobile googlemaps.

#fail

mmmarce said...

Take that back - works like a charm after that intial load!

steom said...

Don't be able to use the external gps on my 8100 with this version!!!!!!!

Ben Eng said...

It still shows that only maps 3.0.2 is available for the Blackberry 7100 on OS 4.1. Bummer.

pedalmaniac said...

Hey how about fixing the scroll wheel issue in google mobile app before adding anymore features!

Diego said...

no internet connection in bb 8100 :(

B.B.Cauquen said...

La 3.0 funcionaba perfectamente, actualice en mi bb 9000 y no detecta la red; estoy arrepentido. alguna soluciĆ³n?

koszykowkarz said...

Anyone having problems after downloading an update on BB, try sending service books. It worked for me.

Kent Hawthorne said...

It works on the Blackberry curve fine. How can we get GPS to work on Verizon curves. My understanding is that Verizon is blocking it on purpose. GPS works fine Google Maps on Sprint Curves.

servimetrica said...

Ditto here...

As this new version does not run using ONLY the blackberry-APN, it's a deal-killer for me.

In fact, if you select "Deny" for the carrier Internet permissions for this app in the Options->Advanced Options->Applications section, Google Maps 3.2 aborts on loading.

How do I load a previous version of Google Maps?

Hurry up... I have a trip to make...

hirnschnodder said...

In forum blackberryworld.eu we found an fix:
Turn the BB off (or remove the battery), go with PC-browser to your carriers BIS-web-interface, login and send the servicebooks again.

After restart the BB you should receive the new servicebooks an all apps (also GMM3.2.0 and GoogleSync) runnig again.
The problem were fixed at the RIM-BIS at sunday it seems.

Larry said...

Is there a way to have your speed and numerical degree of travel direction displayed with google maps on a blackberry 8350i?

JLP said...

One other thing that would be REALLY COOL is a way to allow us to save directions to our google account that could then be accessible from our cell phones.

It's much easier to use google maps on a laptop. If there was a way to save those directions and then access them from my BlackBerry Bold, it would be cool.

Jeffrey said...

what about the sprint blackberry tour...my tour and i think i heard with other tours it would give you a touchscreen version of google maps which i felt and know was also a problem to deal with....so the question i have is does it have accurate gps now and does it download the corect non touch screen version too.

»Ron« said...

When can we expect the BES installation package to be released? http://www.google.com/mobile/enterprise/

Jeffrey said...

The new google maps 3.2 for blackberry does work right on my blackberry tour 9630. Earlier I said it was not working but It just installed over the previous version and later I completely uninstalled removing the old version first and them reinstalling the new one and now its right on the money!