Google Maps 5.8 for HTC EVO adds photo upload, My Places, and more

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Google has updated its Maps app to version 5.8 for HTC EVO with a whole slew of improvements and additions. 

Maps 5.8 brings new features to Places and Latitude such as the ability to upload photos. Along with those new photos you can use My Places to manage the Places you have starred and viewed as well as add new Places on the fly when checking in.

Adding photos allows you to contribute more than just a description of what a business might be by allowing others to see pictures that you took with your device. If you want to view or delete any pictures you have added to Places, you can now manage it all through your Picasa account.

Google has also added descriptive terms for Places. Descriptive terms appear in the search results when looking for any location that is currently listed. This gives you a quick way to identify a particular business's offerings with keywords that are associated with a business. An example of this would be the descriptive term of "chicken and waffles" coming up for a breakfast diner.

All this comes with the new feature that allows you to add new Places on the fly while you check in to a location. Before you were limited to the particular list that came up in your location based search results; there was a chance that the location you were currently at did not have a Places entry. Now you can add one yourself to give you and others a check in spot on Latitude. One item of note with this new ability is that any new Places entry you create will not appear in a Google Maps or Places search result.

You can download the update right now in the Android Market.

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Links: Market (EVO) | Market (web)

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Bruce Eaton

Bruce Eaton is a former contributing editor at Good and EVO, which was merged into Pocketables in 2012.

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