New Google Maps Hits iPhone, iPad

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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).

Enhanced Search

"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."

New Maps on iPad

New Maps on iPad

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.

Business Photos

"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.

Explore google maps

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.

iPad Zagat rating

The new app is currently available in the App Store.

Chris Crum
Chris Crum has been a part of the WebProNews team and the iEntry Network of B2B Publications since 2003. Follow Chris on Twitter, on StumbleUpon, on Pinterest and/or on Google: +Chris Crum.

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