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Google Maps 5.8 For Android Brings My Places & Photo Uploads

Search engine giant Google has updated the Google Maps for Android to version 5.8, updating its Places and Latitude services, and adding a photo-sharing feature.

In a blog post, the company stated that in the new Maps for Android app, users will be able to upload photos for a particular Place to help people see what a place looks like before they visit it.

Users will be able to manage the photos they have uploaded on Places from the ‘Photos for Google Maps’ album on Picasa.

Google has also brought 'descriptive terms' and My Places for Maps on Android. Descriptive terms allow users to see what businesses are ‘known for’ while searching. Meanwhile, My Places for mobile gives users instant access to starred places and recent ‘Places’ pages they have visited.

Google said that users will also be able to add new Places to check-in if it does not come up in search results. “This might happen for new businesses or those that haven’t set up a Place page yet,” Google said.

“Select that option, and you’ll be prompted to confirm the name and location of the new place. Then a brand new place is added (and you’re checked in). This place will be available for you and others to check into from Latitude, but will not appear as a search result in Google Maps or Google Places,” the company explained.