So Google must have been reading my mind, because I have been wishing for a way to quickly jump from a Maps result to Navigation or just quickly call a business I’ve searched for. Google Maps v5.9 for Android, which was released yesterday, has added the option for two ‘bubble buttons’ which act as shortcuts to call or navigate to a result from the main map area. The feature has to be enabled manually first, so read on to find out how.
The latest version of Google Maps also brings voice and ring tone notifications for Transit Navigation as well as support for Transit Navigation on tablets.
In order to enable the bubble buttons:
- First make sure that you have the latest version of Google Maps on your Android device by opening the Market and updating the application in ‘My apps’, if you haven’t done this already.
- Next launch Google Maps, press the Android option key. Now navigate to ‘…More’ and then Labs.
- If you have the latest Maps version, you will see the new feature titled, ‘Bubble Buttons’; make sure that it’s checked by touching it.