Google has really gone all out with the Google Places product. Over the past 6 months, we’ve had 6 dedicated Google Maps updates that heavily influenced how you would use Google Places.

Today, with the release of Google Maps 4.4, there’s a next step: a dedicated Places icon. Here’s a quick rundown that will get you up to speed about Places, if you’re not familiar:

While the icon will take you to the sub-page of Places within Google Maps, it’s still a nice feature for those of us who have grown accustomed to using Google Places.

As the Places Pages continue to update, you’ll start finding some great information about all sorts of businesses. The Google Places feature is set to help you find the best of the best, while avoiding the worst.

If you want to get the latest version of Maps for Android, you’ll need to head to the Android Market, or just scan the QR code.