New Google Maps Hits iPhone, iPadBy: Chris Crum - July 17, 2013
Back at Google I/O, Google revealed it’s big new Google Maps redesign. Last week, the company announced the new look and features for Android, and now has launched them for iOS.
The update includes enhanced search and navigation features, and a tablet-specific Maps experience for iPad users (the Android release also has a Tablet-dedicated version).
“A dedicated tablet design brings all the features of Google Maps, including Street View, to a larger screen, which makes exploring the world from the comfort of your living room engaging and fun,” says Google Maps director Daniel Graf. “Go from the Colosseum to your local pizza joint in just a few taps.”
If you’re the pizza joint owner, by the way (or any other business owner), you should probably look into finding a Google Trusted Photographer to get your imagery involved.
“When you’re stuck in traffic and wondering what the holdup is, use Google Maps on your iPhone to get live incident reports on road closures, construction, accidents, and more,” says Graf. “And as always, you’ve got voice guided, turn-by-turn navigation, and live traffic conditions right on the map. If you prefer public transportation, Google Maps has schedule information for more than one million public transit stops around the world.”
The app comes with turn-by-turn directions and voice-guided navigation for over 330,000 miles of trails, baths and bike lanes for bicyclists.
It also features the new Explore feature, which highlights places to eat, drink, shop, etc. that are nearby.
Also included is the new 5.0 star rating system, Zagat badges, and curated lists. For more details on all of these features, see our coverage of last week’s Android launch.
The new app is currently available in the App Store.