Google has rarely relented when it comes to upgrading Google Maps and this time it has added an update to its Google Maps app for Android, with a new feature “Local Guides”, and it is available as part of the latest version 9.4, giving a panoramic idea about places around the user with reviews by others.
The Local Guides feature, initially known as City Experts, collects reviews about local businesses from regular users and provides them to new visitors in the locality under reviews. The feature works similar to Yelp’s Elite Reviewers, and provides rewards and badges to signed-up reviewers once they reach 50 reviews.
Under this feature, even regular users can add images and edit Maps giving exact location and providing better information to other visitors to the area. You can sign up at the Local Guides page. For immediate downloads, click HERE.
“Through Local Guides, an official Google program, you can share your firsthand local experiences, celebrate places near and far from home, connect with a global community of explorers like you, and help local businesses improve their products and services,” said Google in its official faceBook page on the ‘Local Guides’.
Those who sign up to become ‘Local Guides’, will see their review counts and ratings on their profile page in Google Maps. The apk file of the app is available on Android Police but not offered yet on Google Play.
File name: com.google.android.apps.maps-9.4.0-904010112-minAPI17.apk
Version: 9.4.0 (904010112)
Uploaded: February 5, 2015 at 10:17AM GMT+0530
File size: 13.79 MB (14,459,233 bytes)
Minimum Android version: Android 4.2+ (Jelly Bean, API 17)
Wearable: Google Maps Micro 9.4.0
Uploaded by: Cris Castillon
The new feature is a sequel to Google Maps apps for Android and iOS last month with a new voice-based lane guidance feature for 20 cities in India — Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Bhopal, Chandigarh, Chennai, Coimbatore, Delhi, Hyderabad, Indore, Jaipur, Kolkata, Lucknow, Mumbai, Mysore, Nagpur, Pune, Surat, Thiruvananthapuram, Vadodara and Visakhapatnam.
In addition to these cities, the lane guidance will be functional on major Indian expressways, including the Mumbai-Pune expressway.