Google Maps Update Brings Desktop Sync Support

Google has issued an update to the Google Maps app for Android, bringing with it the ability to send Google Maps search results on your PC to your mobile.  It gives you the best of both worlds: Search on your larger display PC then have that result show up on your mobile device.  The best part is you don’t really have to do anything to make all this work.  This new version, build 9.11.0 for those keeping score at home, is for both Android Phone and Android Tablet powered devices.

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To start this new feature in Google Maps, go to http://maps.google.com on your PC.  Search for a location and when you find it, you will note there is now a “Send to Device” option in the location details.  Tap that link and you will see your various devices where you can then click on the device to send the location information.

Send to Device on Google Maps
Send to Device on Google Maps

On your device, you will see an option in the new Google Maps for Saved Locations.  From there you can select that location and then navigate your way to it.

Google Maps for Android
Google Maps for Android

The power behind this of course is your Google account so you will need to make sure that you are using the same account to look at Google Maps (like in Chrome) as you have on your device(s).

Functionally, you won’t find any other updates to Google Maps for Android in this release.  There are the normal bug fixes and other under-the-hood enhancements but what specifically was addresses is not clear.

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