Google Maps mobile 4.0 with Google Buzz released


Google has just released the 4.0 version of Google Maps Mobile for Windows Mobile, Symbian and Android.This new version features the newly announced Google Buzz:

On your phone, Google Buzz is much more than just a small screen version of the desktop experience. Mobile devices add an important component to sharing: location. Posts tagged with geographical information have an extra dimension of context — the answer to the question “where were you when you shared this?” can communicate so much. And when viewed in aggregate, the posts about a particular location can paint an extremely rich picture of that place. Check out the Mobile Blog for more info about all of the ways to use Buzz on your phone, from a new mobile web app to a Buzz layer in Google Maps for mobile.

I tried it for a few minutes on the HTC HD2 to see how it actually works. What I don’t really understand is: Why am I seeing other peoples’ Buzz updates (people who are not in my contacts, their actual name is also showing up in there Buzz..privacy? wth?)? All this social sharing stuff is getting out of hand IMO. I don’t give a flying monkey poop about what other people do. Now, if it was only restricted to my contact list then it would be fine (maybe there’s some sort of settings that I missed somewhere?). Anyway, from a technological point of vue this is a pretty cool feature and the full integration with GMail is really awesome (if you are a big Gmail user). Here’s some more info about Google Buzz:

You can grab the Winodws Mobile & Symbian versions here. The Android version is available in the Android Market right now (only for Android 1.6 and up). For more info head over to the Google Mobile blog here