Will Verduzco · May 29, 2014 at 09:30 am

[APK] Google Maps 8.1.0 Brings Terrain View to Mobile App

Yesterday, we had all the makings of a classic Google Update Wednesday. In the morning, we first saw a rather significant update to Google Camera to version 2.2, which brought us 16:9 capture, self-timer support, and two new panorama modes (fisheye and wide-angle). And then a few hours later, we were greeted by several updates to Chrome, Chrome Beta, Goggles, Docs, Sheets, Device Manager, and Books.

With eight application updates, you’d think that Google was done for the day. Well, not quite. Just a few hours ago, Google also managed to update its maps app to version 8.1.0 from the previous 8.0.0, and with it comes one big new feature that we haven’t seen in the Google Maps for Android app ever since the update to version 7 back in the middle of last year.

For the most part, Google Maps 8.1.0 looks and feels just like the previously released 8.0.0 that we first saw back in early May. We still have the same interface, and for the most part the same features. But in addition to the previous versions arsenal, we now have terrain view. For the uninitiated, terrain view displays the 3D elevation of various geographic features such as mountains and canyons. This becomes essential when performing various activities outdoors such as biking, hiking, or trail walking.

The Google Maps 8.1.0 update will make its way out to consumer devices through the Play Store via a staged rollout. But naturally, not every device will be in initial wave, and it may be some time before your device is updated. Luckily, we’ve gone ahead and mirrored the APK over on our DevHost account for your sideloading pleasure.

Are you a fan of the newly restored terrain view, or is this just another piece of application “bloat” that you’ll never use? Will terrain view encourage you to get off your derriere and enjoy the great outdoors? Yeah, it didn’t work for me either. Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!

[Many thanks once again to XDA Portal Supporter MihirGosai for the APK!]


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Will Verduzco

willverduzco is an editor on XDA-Developers, the largest community for Android users. Will Verduzco is the Portal Administrator for the XDA-Developers Portal. He has been addicted to mobile technology since the HTC Wizard. But starting with the Nexus One, his gadget love affair shifted to Google's little green robot. He is also a Johns Hopkins University graduate in neuroscience and is now currently studying to become a physician. View willverduzco's posts and articles here.
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