Google announced the launch of a new version of Google Maps for Android that has a new design for Place page reviews, more options to filter search results, and an option for Google Latitude real-time updating.
Place Pages On Android will look pretty much like they do on the desktop. Users can see reviews from around the web and from Google users (for those posted directly to Google Maps).
Users can filter by distance and ratings, as well as by "open now", "neighborhood", or "related searches".
"In Latitude, you can also choose an experimental ‘Real-time updating’ option from an individual Latitude friend’s profile page to help meet up with them by temporarily seeing faster location updates (friends must have Maps 4.6 and Android 2.2+)," notes Google Mobile Team product manager Michael Siliski.
This new version of Google Maps for Android (version 4.6) is available for Android 1.6 and up.
Google is doing a lot of things related to local search. Just this week, the company began rolling out new search results for Places, and added Places as an option to the left panel on desktop search results pages.