Google Maps for Android recently got an update to version 5.10.0. With the update, Google's added two new features to the Android app, which might give users a reason to use the app more for than just turn by turn directions. One is that users can now attach photos to reviews of Places. Users also have the option to see Places that they've rated with 4 or 5 stars in their map view. The first option is basically what it sounds like. When you add a review of a Place using your Android smartphone or tablet, you add pictures to your reviews to give it a little more flavour, as well as make it a little more informative. The other update, where your higher rated Places show up in your map view is pretty helpful. It helps you remember Places you like and remind you where they are. This is extremely helpful to business travelers and other users who travel to the same cities frequently, but do not have too much time to discover all the nuances.
The Google Maps Update for Android
These updates, along with the check-in feature that the app provides is a way to make more users flock to the app. Now, especially that Google has bought Zagat, the restaurant rating system, user activity in Places might get a boost. Google's been struggling with the location based social networking space for a little while, even after integrating Hotpot with Places. However, the second feature in this update especially, might be very useful to Google for their Places (and, of course, their Maps) service. Users can get the update from the Android Market.