Google Maps' (GOOG -0.1%) Android apps receive a big overhaul that borrows more than a few...

|By:, SA News Editor

Google Maps' (GOOG -0.1%) Android apps receive a big overhaul that borrows more than a few design cues from Google Now and the much-praised iPhone app (a cleaner, more streamlined layout that includes information cards and only shows a search box in the default map view). The refresh, parts of which Google previewed at I/O, also includes more Zagat content, improved navigation, and (in a move that GRPN won't like, and which could be a sign Google wants to better monetize Maps) Google Offers integration. But some users are unhappy with the removal of offline maps support. Also: Google has added voice calling to its Hangouts service.