Google Maps With GPS Support Is Great, But…

The mobile blogosphere was abuzz today with the news that Google’s released a version of Google Maps for Mobile that supports the internal GPS of the Nokia N95 and other S60 phones. I love Google Maps for Mobile, it’s definitely one of my all-time top mobile apps, and it’s helped me out on numerous occasions. This update sounds fantastic for people with compatible handsets.

But there’s one feature I would love to see supported that would make this app even better for me: support for the “My Maps” function of Google Maps on the web. I discovered this feature accidentally a little while back, and I use it a lot now — especially when I travel, when mapping software and services are their most valuable. For instance, I was up in the California wine country last week, and I created a map with a bunch of different restaurants and wineries and our hotels saved to it. I was able to print this map, and a list of the bookmarks and their addresses, out easily. The problem was that the map covered such a wide area that it was really useful only as a rough guide; I still had to punch specific addresses in to a GPS unit to get usable directions.

It would have been great to be able to access this map I made directly from the mobile application, and allowing users to create their own personal maps and access them would be a great boon for the service. So if anybody from Google’s listening…

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